While National Government is preoccupied with Brexit, the Chancellor should seize the opportunity to help cities prepare for the future
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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.
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.