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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

IPPR North responds to today’s fiscal event

Zoë Billingham, director of IPPR North said:  

“Today’s budget fails to address what is needed to deliver sustained economic growth which can be built & shared by all corners of the UK. It is a sugar rush budget at best. 

“There are better reasons to invest in the UK than tax cuts. Whilst the government promotes investment zones as its only offer to level up, we know they will do little more than shift economic activity between neighbours at great cost, whilst putting job quality and environmental protections at risk. 
“Instead the government needs to invest to level up, in skills, health and in the quality of our homes, whilst keeping to commitments to deliver backbone infrastructure in the North and regions like it.”