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Looking for political corruption with data science.

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In Part 1 we discussed the Towns Fund, a scheme announced by the UK’s Conservative government in 2019 to allocate £3.6 billion to towns across England that need help to develop and implement regeneration plans, to help them catch up with more affluent areas. Despite claims by the government that the fund existed to help the most deprived and left-behind areas, we saw strong evidence to suggest that a different set of criteria were used when choosing which towns to allocate funds to.

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But what were those criteria? The government claimed that the…


Looking for political corruption with data science.

photoeverywhere, Creative Commons License.

In 2019, the UK’s Conservative government announced a new fund, the Towns Fund, to invest £3.6 billion in 100 towns as part of their plan to ‘level up’ the regions outside of the more prosperous big cities.

The plan was widely criticised in the media for the choice of towns to allocate the funding to. Why were towns like Knowsley overlooked in favour of less deprived areas like Milton Keynes? …

tasmn

UK-based data scientist.

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