‘Hull one of most economically struggling cities in UK’

Published: Monday 29th February 2016 by The News Editor

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Hull is one of five urban areas in the north topping a table charting the country’s most economically struggling cities, a new report shows.

Compiled by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), the list takes employment and migration rates, job types and the number of highly qualified workers into account.

And, according to the JRF, Hull – along with Rochdale, Burnley, Bolton and Blackburn – is struggling the most economically with a growth rate significantly below the national average.

None of the top 24 struggling cities are in the south of England, while 10 of the worst ranked 12 are located in the north, the research group says.

Josh Stott, policy and research manager at JRF, said: “Britain has the potential to become a more prosperous country, with George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse playing a key role in rebalancing the economy.

“But it must reach all parts of the North to ensure prosperity is shared. To rebalance the economy and ensure local growth provides opportunity for all households, the Treasury needs to ensure areas outside of core cities are not left behind.”

The report’s co-author, Andy Pike, says while many northern cities are experiencing growth they’re lagging behind national levels. More focus, he adds, needs to be put on the needs of so-called ‘freestanding’, non-core, cities such as Hull.

The JRF says local councils could be helped to tackle unemployment by being offered financial incentives by the government.

Copyright Press Association 2016

Published: Monday 29th February 2016 by The News Editor

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  • David Hannant

    Just shows what a bunch of liars the Tories are, Northern Powerhouse my A@SE !

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