The next phase of the Northern Powerhouse devolution agenda must be led by the region itself, according to a new study. The report by the think tank IPPR North warns the original vision for the Northern Powerhouse was too narrow and almost exclusively focused on increasing productivity, and on transport and major city regions, but now it needs to evolve into a new phase. It adds the original Northern Powerhouse agenda was led by the-then chancellor, George Osborne and delivered by central government agencies. The next phase of the Northern Powerhouse agenda must be led by the North, it argues. The report adds that the next phase of the Northern Powerhouse must see improvements in productivity go hand-in-hand with economic justice across all priority sectors. It also calls on politicians to continue to prioritise transport investment, but also improve social infrastructure, including education, skills and health in the North to connect people … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart