Decades of productivity divergence among British firms and an increasing concentration of highly productive businesses and industries in south east regions of England1 have transformed the UK into the most regionally unequal country in Europe. The same period witnessed a decline in innovation and infrastructure spending, a concentration of knowledge in fewer firms, weakening local government, uncontrolled growth and consolidation of the financial sector, and a detached shareholding class monopolising corporate governance.
Our proposed remedy is simple: to decentralise the UK economy.
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.