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MIDDLESBROUGH, England (Reuters) In the former British industrial powerhouse of Middlesbrough, a skyline once dominated by smoke belching chimneys and steel 2018 canada goose outlet mill furnaces now features a monumental piece of public art and an elegant new state college clad in silver and bronze.

Boys play football on Kingston Street in Middlesbrough, northern England November 6, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

The town harsh industrial landscape inspired film director Ridley Scott, a son of north east England, in his vision for the science fiction film Runner.

But many of its canada goose factories closed long ago and nearly half of the buy canada goose jacket cheap workforce now relies on the public sector.

Like so many places in Britain that came to depend on public jobs after the decline of their old industries, Middlesbrough faces an uncertain future as Prime Minister David Cameron tries to cut spending and avoid Canada Goose Outlet the sort of debt crisis that has toppled governments across Europe.

The town of 139,000 people, close to where the River Tees meets the windswept northeast coast, has been described as the place most canada goose outlet toronto factory vulnerable to Britain cuts.

Its university expanded rapidly Canada Goose online under the last Labour government, the hospital was rebuilt and a public art gallery sprang up in an elegant new town square as politicians poured money into Middlesbrough and other deprived areas.

Now the tap has been turned off and the Conservative led coalition is trying to wipe out a budget deficit that peaked at around 11 percent of GDP a move that is expected to lead to the loss of 400,000 public sector jobs.

we did have a policy as a Labour government, with all of these heavy industries going: We pushed people into the public sector where they were working, getting a salary, paying taxes and were part of the consumer society, said Stuart Bell, the town Labour member of parliament since 1983.

It is the north of Britain which was ravaged by Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher policy of running down uncompetitive industries in the 1980s creating Britain notorious north south divide. It now faces the brunt again given the drive to revive the region with public money.

While Britain may be on track to meet its deficit cutting targets this Canada Goose sale year, the weak outlook means finance minister George Osborne is expected to have to accept lower growth forecasts when he sets out his latest fiscal plans in parliament on November canada goose store 29.

His deficit plan is based on forecasts for 1.7 percent growth this year. Lower growth, or even a return to recession, would leave a stark choice of having to cut deeper or let the austerity drive falter, which would threaten Britain credit rating and raise cheap Canada Goose its borrowing costs.

The Labour party says Osborne must think again and find a canada goose black friday sale growth strategy. He insists canada goose deals that record low borrowing costs for Britain shows his path is the right one and blames the euro buy canada goose jacket zone debt crisis for the economy downturn.

HERCULES Walk through the old docks of a town once described by 19th century prime minister William Gladstone Canada Goose Parka as the Hercules of the Industrial Revolution and the public sector importance is clear.

Under grey skies, rows of houses are boarded up, warehouses lie empty and barbed wire fences surround derelict plots waiting for a state backed development that suffered a setback last week when the government main private partner pulled out.

The only boat moored near the town canada goose outlet store locations landmark blue steel Transporter Bridge is a rusting hulk called the Tuxedo Royale, a former nightclub that is slowly sinking into Canada Goose Coats On Sale the chilly water.

Nearby, public money largely paid for a 100 meter (328 ft) long sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor that has gone up by the river, close to a futuristic, metal clad college building.

The town enlarged university won an award in 2009, the hospital boasts that it is one of Europe most modern medical centers and an art gallery has opened next to the gothic town hall.

A similar picture of redevelopment can canada goose replica be seen canadian goose jacket across Britain, in cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle. However, such public largesse will be rarer in the coming years.

Total public spending rose to around 47 percent of national income by the time Labour lost power in 2010, up from 40 percent at the end of the last Conservative administration in 1997. It is forecast to fall back to 40 percent by 2015 16, according to finance ministry figures.

Scrap cars are stored in a scrapyard at Redcar near Middlesbrough, northern England November Canada Goose Jackets 6, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Union leaders say canada goose clearance the cuts threaten to reverse a lot of the progress and scoff at the government much vaunted hope that the private sector will drive growth after a year of stagnation, creating more jobs and boosting exports.

private sector just isn creating jobs at the minute on any kind of scale, said Kevin Rowan, regional secretary for the Trades Union Congress, an umbrella group for 58 unions.

Investment from Thailand Sahaviriya Steel Industries will restart the nearby Redcar blast furnace next month, nearly a year after it was mothballed. Plans to build new high speed trains down the road in County Durham are expected to create hundreds of jobs. canada goose clearance sale Local business groups have high hopes for green industries and hi tech firms.

But the town MP says more must be done to encourage companies to keep hiring, including giving them tax breaks.

more money you suck out of the economy, the less growth you get, Bell said. About 18,000 of Middlesbrough 88,000 working population are already on some sort of state benefits.

are going Canada Goose Online to have to get used to a totally different standard of living. There is going to Followers us be a lot more unrest within society, Bell said.

Cameron says the country must stick to its austerity plans to keep canada goose coats on sale the markets confidence and blames Labour, which ruled Britain from 1997 to 2010 under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, for borrowing and spending too much.

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