Forget about saving 'failing' cities
"Ministers have been urged to abandon "failing" cities and towns across the north of England such as Hull, Hartlepool and Burnley and concentrate instead on helping the locals to get jobs elsewhere."
Once the state controls more that 50% of a local economy there is a good chance that anyone brave and talented enough, as well as intellectually capable of leading a private sector renaissance will have moved to the public sector to shift paper around whilst be engaged in a continual battle to escape any blame when things go wrong.
The public sector economy inflates the price of talent in these failing areas beyond what the private sector can afford.
"In a withering verdict, the magazine [The Economist] said: "Despite dollops of public money and years of heroic effort, a string of towns and smallish cities in Britain's former industrial heartlands are quietly decaying."
Perhaps the deal should be: no public funded benefits, slashing of public sector work forces, slashing of grants to local authorities and massive cuts in business rates and employment taxes, to see if people really like the area enough to stay and work without government hindrance or help.
Everything that exists bought and paid for by local people. Anyone who wants it easy and collect state benefits can always move away to areas with a more vibrant private sector economy and where they are more likely to get a job.