There's controversy over claims that regeneration projects in Burnley in Lancashire are 'pointless'.
The Economist magazine lists it among a number of northern towns described as 'decaying'.
The article claims the government should help people commute or move away from places like Burnley to Manchester and Liverpool where there are jobs.
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A chilly, sunny start to Monday across the NW. Showers push in from the west though and become more widespread and wintry later
Changeable and chilly into the new week with sun and showers - and a very breezy Monday afternoon
The new week promises to be a little vexing - a real mixed bag and rather changeable