William Eichler 22 August 2022

Index reveals high levels of inequality between UK cities

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The impact of the predicted recession is likely to be felt more in some cities than others, a new study of the economic resilience of UK cities has revealed.

The latest Evaluate|Locate Key Cities Tracker shows that the decline in economic vitality across 20 UK cities has been up to four times worse in some locations than others.

During the year to July 2022, Aberdeen saw a -8.8% decline in its Economic Vitality Index (EVI). Hull was the second worst-performing with a -8.3% drop followed by Newcastle (-8.3%), Manchester (-8.2%) and Swansea (-7.8%).

In contrast, during the same period, Belfast saw a fall of only -2.2% followed by Glasgow at -2.5%, Sheffield at -3.5% and Greater London at -3.7%.

Created by JPES Partners, Evaluate|Locate rates every location across the UK on the basis of 96 economic metrics which are grouped around business density; earnings; employment levels; average residential values; and population movements.

Adam Kirby, head of Data & Insights at Evaluate|Locate, commented: ‘As we move into recession, it’s clear that the profound economic challenges we’re facing will not have a uniform impact across the country and many of our major cities are now on different paths.

‘This mapping of location-specific economic vitality will be of relevance to where the Government deploys its “Levelling Up” initiatives and should also inform where many business sectors choose to place future investment.’

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