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The traditional North/ South divide is creeping further south as the impact of the recession widens the economic gap in Britain, an academic claims. The two halves of Britain are split in the study by a diagonal line bisecting the country from near Gloucester in the South West up to Grimsby in the North East.

Analysis of average incomes, house prices, life expectancy and levels of education shows that the gap between the two regions has grown wider in the recession. The divide splits the nation in two, with no Midlands, so residents of Birmingham, Worcester and Nottingham are classed as northerners because they generally earn less, die at least a year earlier and get a worse education for their children 'Britain is pulling itself apart' than their southern counterparts.

But as Government cuts are introduced, towns marginally on the south side of the divide, such as Leicester, Warwick and Lincoln, could begin to struggle and be pushed on to the northern side. Danny Dorling, professor of human geography at Sheffield University, who led the research, said: 'Britain is a country pulling itself apart. 'The North/South divide is no longer a vague idea. 'We have enough information on life chances, health and wealth to say where the line lies and what is happening to it. 'The recession is exacerbating these differences and I suspect the dividing line will also move southwards as the Government's cuts take effect.

' The line may prove a surprise to those living in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, which the study deems northern, especially when The new North South divide Gap is widening... and edging down the map the city of Lincoln, which is more than 100 miles to the north-east, is classed as southern.Some experts believed that the banking crisis would narrow regional differences by hitting financial sector workers who live in London and the South East hardest. But the government bailout of banks has greatly benefited the South as the money has trickled out into the wider regional economy.

South of the diagonal divide, people in towns such as Cambridge and Aldershot live four or five years longer than in some of their northern equivalents, researchers found. 'Southern' children also have a better chance of attending one of the top 20 universities in the country. Professor Dorling will publish his research in a new book, The Economic Geography Of The UK. The decline of manufacturing and the growth of London's financial sector mean that a key factor in deciding where the North/South divide lies is simply travelling time from the capital. Professor Dorling says that anywhere more than two hours from the capital is likely to be 'northern', with the exception of areas such as Devon and Cornwall, which are buoyed by tourism.

Meanwhile, a separate study has found that many of the UK's major towns and cities on the northern side of the divide have deteriorated into jobless ghettos with a quarter or more out of work. It found that the former steel and coal town of Merthyr Tydfil in Wales topped the league table with more than 30 per cent unemployed.

Liverpool came second with 26.8 per cent out of work. The figures also support the new North/South dividing line. Nine out of the top ten 'jobless ghettos' are on the divide's northern side. Only Hastings in Kent, with 24.3 per cent out of work, creeps into the list. The two studies lay bare the massive task ministers face in reviving Britain's failing towns by getting people back to work. Employment Minister Chris Grayling claimed too many healthy adults in 'unemployment blackspots' were treating benefit dependency as a way of life.

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its grim up north!

It's grim everywhere. I've worked both sides of the line and one UK shit hole is much the same as another. Unless you are super rich then most places are grim in the UK.

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It's grim everywhere. I've worked both sides of the line and one UK shit hole is much the same as another. Unless you are super rich then most places are grim in the UK.

Especially in grim northern cities like Hastings and Plymouth.

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The North South divide is a bit of a blunt instrument and should be disgarded now. Plenty of poverty and struggle in the South East as well. This is just another piece of evidence that New Labour and their globalisation fetish has dragged us all closer to Victorian wealth divides. I don't see the Tory-Dem govt. changing much either. They seem to view the crisis as an opportunity to engage in a slightly different set of dogmatic scorched earth policies. Kill the poor protect the banks and the world will be a better place. Same old guff in a new package.

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The North South divide is a lazy journalists phrase. Yes it exists, but so does the East West divide, And they never mention that the divide within many counties is greater than the national North South divide. There is as much evidence for those other 'divides' as the trendy North South one, but nobody wants to admit it.

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It's grim everywhere. I've worked both sides of the line and one UK shit hole is much the same as another. Unless you are super rich then most places are grim in the UK.

The biggest shithole is without a doubt London, the first thing any Government should do is stop subsidising it so much compared tot the rest of the UK.

If the figures here are correct London gets £1500 more per person than Yorkshire, when you take economies of scale into account ie in the provision of public transport etc then they benefit far more than the rest of England - and it is still a crime ridden filthy dump. There are many parts of the south of England that are very nice but there is no way on earth anyone could ever pursuade me to live in London.

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That line just needs to be bent a bit and it'll be clear that actually it's London + the immediate SE vs the rest of the UK; that's a real cultural and political divide, too.

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