- the Greater South East (ie London, plus the South East, plus the Eastern regions) supports everyone else
- the fiscal transfer from the GSE is currently some £30bn pa (2004/05)
- that's equivalent to about 7% of regional GDP (see here), which is huge- much larger eg than any of those contentious EU transfers, and much larger even than the post WW1 reparations
- the main gainers are Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the North East, where every single resident gets a sub of well over £2 grand a year
What the South East gets from the deal is entirely unclear. Apart that is, from a Big Spending Labour government imposed on it by those over-represented socialist bastions up North. And grandstanding excrescences like Peter Hain going on about how those that generate the wealth shouldn't keep it (for a more measured critique of Mr Hain, see here).