The public sector spending squeeze will be the overarching narrative of the next decade of British politics. Public sector employment, which has grown significantly over the past decade, will start to shrink. Nationally, between 240,000 and 290,000 jobs could be cut by 2014.
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How can Hull city promote economic development across the real economy of its city-region? What should be Hull City Council's priorities to encourage the growth of higher-value business sectors and employment? How can workforce skills and aspirations be increased in Hull?
What can Belfast do to tackle concentrations of worklessness within the city? How can Belfast build on a decade of growth to encourage private enterprise in the city economy?
The global downturn is leading us to a very different labour market dynamic. Previously hard to fill vacancies are becoming less hard to fill, and the increase in JSA claimants could lead to more direct interaction between A8 migrants and the newly unemployed. The economic impacts will, however, play out very differently in each city.
Cities Outlook 2009 reveals the cities most exposed to recession - and least well placed to ride out job losses and business closures over the coming months. In 2009 all cities will feel recession bite but they will also be leading the upturn as the economy recovers.
The Government will struggle to meet its aim of an 80% national employment rate - unless it grants cities greater freedom to get the workless into jobs, according to a new report from the Centre for Cities and the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion.
Despite the clear differences between the UK and the US, there are ample opportunities for policy learning between the two countries on issues of concern to cities and urban areas.
Cities Outlook 2008 looks back at the recent economic performance of UK cities as well as the main policy milestones of 2007. It also looks ahead to the prospects for UK cities in 2008 and beyond.