A consistent, statutory approach to economic development is needed, says Nigel Wilcock No sooner had we submitted our response to the industrial strategy green paper than another political tidal wave comes crashing in – Theresa May’s call for a snap general election. Yet this must not distract anyone from the importance of creating an industrial strategy that is right for this country, whoever is in charge after 8th June. And we are very clear on our own recommendations. At the heart of our response is a clear steer on support for the execution of the strategy. Our concern is the complicated and ever changing set of organisations charged with achieving the scale of ambition in the green paper. How meaningful can a central government green paper be when many areas of England (and each of the devolved administrations) are involved in various stages of devolution? Clarity on government’s expectation on … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Nigel Wilcock is executive director of the Institute of Economic Development (IED)