Why skills are the key to ending the North/South divide

Alexandra Jones writes in LabourList about this year's Cities Outlook, and the need for Labour to focus on skills and education policy.

Press release published on 29 January 2016 by Alexandra Jones

In last summer’s budget speech, George Osborne set out his long-term vision of building a “higher-wage, lower tax, lower welfare economy” in the UK, promising to give Britain “a pay-rise” while also announcing major cuts to welfare spending. So what will that mean for UK cities?

Cities Outlook 2016, published this week by the Centre for Cities, reveals how the Chancellor’s vision is currently playing out in cities across the country – offering some promising signs for the Government, but also highlighting significant challenges ahead if it is to succeed in boosting wages and reducing welfare spending over the next four years.

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