The long-awaited government white paper on immigration offered some respite for cities which rely on high skilled European workers - but it wasn't all good news, especially for the lower-skilled.
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The Chancellor’s Budget had something for everyone, but its overriding message for cities was ‘see what 2019 brings’
While National Government is preoccupied with Brexit, the Chancellor should seize the opportunity to help cities prepare for the future
For the industrial strategy to succeed in increasing UK productivity, the new chair of the Industrial Strategy Council must follow three core principles.
At both party conferences mayors were optimistic about the future, but frustrated at slow progress on the urban agenda at the national level
The Government’s plans could lead to both low-skilled and high-skilled labour shortages in UK cities
The Brexit vote highlighted the need to help both struggling towns AND cities, not create a divide between them
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.