In this short report, regional experts analyse the government's plans for economic development and regeneration, local government, public services and the 'Big Society' and what they might mean for the North.

A range of regional experts argue that northern regions must carve out their own futures, define their own regional economic identities, transform their own public services, and build their own Big Societies. With the political map of England now so clearly divided, this needs to be done in conversation with the new Coalition government, but not at its mercy.