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CLAMOUR FOR ODPM TO HIT THE ROAD GROWS WITH LATEST IPPR REPORT

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The ODPM should be moved out of London, while the government should give councils significant extra funds to tackle...
The ODPM should be moved out of London, while the government should give councils significant extra funds to tackle Britain's territorial inequalities.

That was the verdict of a report published this week by the Institute for Public Policy Research, which became the latest organisation to call for the relocation of whole government departments away from London, as an integral part of regional policy.

Author John Adams said this would help foster graduate labour markets away from London and the south-east.

Similar arguments have been made in recent reports by the IPPR's fellow think-tanks Catalyst and the Local Futures Group.

Mr Adams said expected reductions in EU funding for poorer regions would require government to step in, though he insisted 'regional and local institutions must decide how that funding is allocated'.

Sir Michael Lyons, director of the Institute of Local Government Studies, is due to report next month on a government-commissioned study into the relocation of 20,000 civil servants.

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