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UK 'HAS SOME OF POOREST REGIONS'

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The UK has some of the poorest regional areas in Europe, according to a report from Eurostat, the statistical arm o...
The UK has some of the poorest regional areas in Europe, according to a report from Eurostat, the statistical arm of the European Commission.

Some areas of Spain, such as Catalonia and Madrid, are richer than Merseyside and South Yorkshire - the poorest areas in the UK - as well as Cornwall, Devon, Clwyd and all of Northern Ireland.

The UK now has one of the lowest per capita incomes in Europe at£10,270, with only Spain, Ireland, Portugal and Greece with a lower figure.

The report is based on the per capita GDP for the European Union using the latest figures available, from 1994.

Regional growth rates vary widely, it says. In the UK the south-west has the highest growth at 5.4% and the West Midlands the lowest at 3.3%.
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