Published: 24th Apr 2019

Councils and local employers have been urged to sign ‘productivity deals’ to help boost local wages, according to a new report. The report by think tank Localis warns that without such deals, some areas could get left behind and become ‘doughnut economies’ where the wages of residents remain far lower than those of commuters who journey into the areas to work. In order to prevent this, it recommends major local employers sign productivity deals with local authorities. On one level, the report argues the deals could be as simple as agreeing to hold regular meetings between business leaders and council leaders. Or they could involve signing up to a detailed set of local agreements for economic growth and community renewal. In return, councils could offer greater access to data, skills and spatial planning. ‘Our productivity crisis has been allowed to slip below the surface of national attention owing to Westminster’s … (To read the full article, subscribe below)