NEFC chair Geoff Muirhead says:
'Our case is neither anti-south, anti-Scotland, nor a simplistic plea for fairness. On the contrary, the rationale for a clearer northern focus is an economic and not a social one, a national and not a parochial one.'
The NEFC's interim report lays out five propositions about the northern economy:
- Northern prosperity is national prosperity
- The North of England holds huge potential for growth
- There are structural challenges facing the North
- The North must be seen as an interconnected metro-region
- Northern economic development needs bolder northern leadership and autonomy
And proposes five pillars for growth, which also frame the commission's next areas of investigation and the recommendations to appear in its final report:
- Innovation and business growth
- Human capital
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.