‘Activating’ the economically inactive should be top of the Government agenda, but it should be realistic about whether it can fill the gaps the new immigration system will create.
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This briefing presents two new indexes to summarise and compare the performance of the UK's largest cities and towns. The findings have implications for policy, particularly the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda.
Local data is crucial to understand the reasons behind the UK’s economic divide and what this means for the ‘levelling-up’ agenda.
The underperformance of big cities is at the heart of the North-South divide. If the Government is to ‘level up’ the economy then it needs to tackle this major economic problem.
Apprenticeships work. As revealed by research from our sister organisation, the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, apprenticeships can have a positive impact on skills level, wages and...
Andrew Carter on why the geographical spread of R&D investment matters when trying to level-up the economy.
General Election 2019More state more growth?
More state more growth? The economic implications of moving parts of the government to the North.
What is the best way to boost the economy and make the whole country more prosperous?
The nature of self-employment varies starkly across the country; ensuring that legislation adequately supports self-employed people will be particularly important in places with weaker labour markets.
General Election 2019How can the next government boost productivity and prosperity across the country?
Two big domestic issues that the next government will be pressed to address are the UK economy’s poor productivity performance and the north-south divide. Paul Swinney argues that these challenges are one of the same.