A leading think tank has warned the government that it risks repeating ‘the same mistakes’ if it does not incorporate an ‘acute sense of place’ into its economic plans. A new report by Localis, entitled ‘In Place of Work – Influencing Local Labour Markets’, warns there is a ‘staggering gulf’ in the strength of local markets across England. It claims around half of the 47 local labour markets in England could be hit by a ‘toxic cocktail’ of Brexit, automation and a shrinking skills base. The report also challenges the traditional view of a ‘north-south’ economic divide by warning of large differences within individual regions. It claims the labour markets in areas like Kent and Essex need just as much support as certain parts of the north-east. The report calls on the government to devolve control of adult education budget to all upper-tier authorities, empowering them to convene local colleges, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart