Oxford and Reading have come top in a survey measuring ‘good growth’ in the UK for the second year running. Published today, the Demos/PwC Good Growth for Cities index, measures the performance of the 42 of the UK’s largest cities, along with local enterprise partnerships and combined authorities against a series of 10 indicators around economic success and wellbeing to create an aggregate score. The indicators include employment, health and skills, along with other issues such as commuting times, income inequality and housing affordability. The index shows all 42 UK cities have improved their scores since last year’s report, with Oxford and Reading in the top two slots for the second year running, with index scores of 1.02 and 0.97 respectively. The report states both cities have performed strongly on measures of new business and health, with Reading achieving the highest health score in the index. Birmingham was judged to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart