Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andy Pike,
Professor Danny MacKinnon,
Emeritus Professor Mike Coombes,
Professor Anthony Champion,
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The study analysed the fortunes of 74 cities and develops an index of ‘relative decline’ based on changes in employment rates, levels of highly-qualified workers, the number and type of full-time jobs, net migration rates and population change.This study looked at the challenges faced by 74 cities that are struggling to balance changes in employment rates, levels of highly-qualified workers, the number and type of full-time jobs, net migration rates, population change and change in rank.The research found that:10 of the UK’s top 12 struggling cities are based in the north – meaning some of the poorest places in the region risk being left behind by the attempts to boost economic growth and create prosperity in the north; no city in the south featured in the top 12 or 24 of the indexmany of these cities are growing, but that the growth in many northern cities is lagging significantly behind national levelseconomic growth alone will not necessarily reduce poverty in cities, so comprehensive and integrated packages of long-term policies around economic development, employment and skills and infrastructure are requiredto achieve its potential, the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ needs an economic strategy that addresses the needs of these underperforming cities across the north of Englandinclusive and responsible forms of decentralisation are needed by such cities with relatively weaker economic potential while ensuring they are not disadvantaged by fiscal devolutioncity leaders need to harness their new economic powers and resources to create opportunities for the people and places who have previously been left behind.
Author(s): Pike A, Mackinnon D, Coombes M, Champion T, Bradley D, Cumbers A, Robson L, Wymer C
Publication type: Report
Publication status: Published
Print publication date: 14/03/2016
Online publication date: 14/03/2016
Acceptance date: 14/03/2016
Institution: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Place Published: York, UK