On 22nd June 2010, George Osborne, the Chancellor who would later coin the phrase ‘The Northern Powerhouse’, delivered his now infamous austerity budget with its programme of significant cuts in public spending. At the time, Osborne stressed that the pain would be shared: “we are all in this together” and the government would “protect the most vulnerable in our society”.
Ten years on, our analysis of the impacts of austerity shows how the North of England has been disproportionately affected by spending cuts, particularly those to local government. The North now faces one of the most serious social and economic crises in living memory, but austerity has significantly reduced the region’s resilience and in doing so, its capacity for recovery.
State of the North 2024: Charting the course for a decade of renewalThe North’s communities are ambitious for a better future, but face systemic and pronounced inequalities. Gaps in power, wealth, opportunity, and health result in shorter, sicker, less fulfilling lives.
No home left behind: Funding a just transition to clean heat in ScotlandHow can we ensure that investment in clean heating in Scottish homes drives a just transition, sharing costs and benefits fairly?
The asylum backlog: Job done?This blog post sets out how the department must now grapple with a new set of backlog challenges.