Published: 7th May 2014

In Leeds almost 20% of all jobs pay less than the living wage. Photo by Creative Services, Leeds City Council The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Leeds Council and Leeds City Region have joined forces and embarked on a programme to ensure that growth and poverty reduction in the region are linked. Josh Stott reports. We know that economic growth passes many people and places by. Even in more successful urban economies there is no guarantee that all citizens will benefit from growth in their local economy, and growth may not reach all parts of a city. The persistence of poverty for households trapped in a low pay, no pay cycle and the persistence of acute deprivation in the same old neighbourhoods highlights the stark limitations of trickle-down economics. A rising tide will not lift all boats. We know that job creation is the critical factor in linking … (To read the full article, subscribe below)