The government’s promise to reduce the north-south divide is waning, according to a new report, as ten of the 12 “most struggling” towns and cities in the UK are in the north of England.
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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a report of 74 cities in the UK 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.
The report found Rochdale’s economy is declining most steeply, followed by Burnley, Bolton, Blackburn and Hull. They are followed by Grimsby, Dundee, Middlesbrough, Bradford, Blackpool, Stoke-on-Trent and Wigan.
In July’s budget, chancellor George Osborne promised to create a “Northern Powerhouse” investing in infrastructure, housing, science and innovation. This includes committing £13bn of investment to transport in the north of England, helping to connect cities.