But to succeed in the future, the North must learn from the past. An honest appraisal of the North’s current economic position finds some severe weaknesses: all the UK’s nations regions have major challenges – not least our unequal and overheating capital – but the North has an economy in which productivity, job creation and job quality are all far too low.
In order to succeed in the decades ahead, the North must work together. Local industrial strategies will rightly make the case for sub-regions to be the focus of devolved economic policy. But in some areas of policy, the North needs to coordinate, and in others the North must act collectively: pan-regional transport, trade and investment, innovation and supporting supply chains.
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.