Published: 23rd Oct 2017

The TUC has called for local government spending power to be used to help create jobs in every community. In a report published today, called Great jobs in great places: New approaches to regional industrial strategy, the TUC warns children in the north east of England are twice as likely to live in workless households than in the south east and calls on both local and central government to overcome regional inequalities. The report warns the UK economy is ‘too reliant on consumer spending’ and ‘suffers from chronic lack of investment’. It says certain parts of the country are ‘bearing the brunt’ of weak pay, slow economic growth and council spending cuts. According to the report, almost half of all new jobs created in the north west and two-thirds of jobs in the north east of England are insecure (i.e. agency, temporary hours or zero-hours). It says that prosperity is … (To read the full article, subscribe below)