The Government’s plans could lead to both low-skilled and high-skilled labour shortages in UK cities
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The Brexit vote highlighted the need to help both struggling towns AND cities, not create a divide between them
Towns and cities have different roles to play in the economy, and the success of one is often dependent on the other.
The report rightly highlights the importance of high-skilled migrants, but underplays the role of low-skilled workers in cities
Cities will be hit hardest by shortfalls in EU migration – the Government’s new immigration system needs to reflect this
Greater Manchester metro mayor Andy Burnham urged a government occupied by Brexit to give more power over to cities - but cities must be responsive too.
EU migration is vital to the success of cities, and this includes migrants with both high and low skills.
As the UK exits the EU it would be a missed opportunity not to reassess where power rests across the country, and in particular how this applies to cities.
While financial services tend to be centred in London, the industry plays a big role in cities across the country, and any deal for the sector after Brexit must recognise this.
The 'long tail' of low productivity firms will not be answer to the productivity puzzle, instead the focus should be on the firms that export goods and services locally and beyond.