Post-Brexit economic development: the good, the bad and the ugly
Neil Mclnroy, Author at NewStart
The Inclusive Growth Commission’s final report is timid in the face of the UK’s real social hardship
The new urbanism: less broad-brush, more local
There is promise in the inclusive growth agenda but it will not be enough to have ‘after the fact’ policies.
For all the positives of devolution, it’s been locked into austerity and a neo-classical framed economic model prescribed by Treasury – where a ‘rising economic tide will lift all boats’ is left as the main means of tackling poverty.
While national agents of change remain important, the future also has to be about rekindling a new local anti-poverty deal.
The Brexit vote was in part prompted by a sense that people felt abandoned by the economy, and the state. It is imperative that we now build an economy for the many and not just the few.
We must turn empathy and concern over poverty and inequality into action.
So the agenda is moving. That is good. But I hope the converts to social inclusion now grow some backbone, and start to insist that we forge a truly socially just economy.
Within a culture of individualism and private interest, local government work is increasingly seen as a job like any other. This has been allowed to penetrate far too deeply into the work that is done and into issues of salaries and pay.