Laura Sharman 21 May 2020

'Red Wall' areas most at risk of economic scarring, think tank warns

Red Wall areas most at risk of economic scarring, think tank warns image

Red Wall communities areas are most vulnerable to permanent economic scarring as a result of coronavirus, new research has warned today.

The research, by the Centre for Progressive Policy, has warned communities across the Midlands and Northern England are set to suffer more than double the permanent losses in economic output projected for the South East.

It found that Red Wall areas are likely to see economic output fall by 12% over the next five years, compared to the national average of 8%. This is also more than double the average projected losses in regions like the South East at 5%.

The research shows that more than three quarters of all local authorities (77%) will not have recovered their expected level of output based on pre-crisis trends.

The Centre for Progressive Policy is urging the Government to first shore up the worst affected local economies and then eturn to a revitalised levelling up agenda.

Charlotte Alldritt, director at the Centre for Progressive Policy, said: 'While policymakers are rightly concerned with the immediate economic shock of coronavirus, history has taught us that recessions have deep and long-lasting effects, which are rarely spread evenly across country. This crisis is clearly no different, with those ‘left behind’ areas on course to bear the economic brunt.

'The Government had already signalled its intent to ‘do right’ by voters who had lent them their vote but these communities have been let down by successive governments in the past. If this administration can fulfil its ambition to level up successfully, it would be righting decades of economic injustice. Covid-19 has made this daunting task even harder, but success is now both a political and economic imperative.'

Photo: Mihai-Bogdan Lazar / Shutterstock.com

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Principal Flood Risk Officer

Lancashire County Council
£42,683-£46,566
We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Floor Risk Officer Lancashire
Recuriter: Lancashire County Council

Duke of Edinburgh Youth Support Worker

Essex County Council
£14597.0 - £19106.0 per month
Please note this is a part time contract - annualised hours 106 per year. Therefore the actual salary range is from £995.44 up to £1049.79 per annum. England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Head of Internal Audit

Kent County Council
Up to £97,000 + benefits
We now have an exciting opportunity to strengthen and shape our Audit function, as... Maidstone, Kent
Recuriter: Kent County Council

Director of Children’s Services

St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
circa £120,000
This is an exceptional opportunity for someone who wants to make a real difference to the children, young people and families of our Borough. St Helens, Merseyside
Recuriter: St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Assistant Director, Social Care & Public Health Commissioning

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
c£71,000 to £89,000 per annum
Reporting to the Director of Strategic Commissioning you will lead Commissioning in the context of a developing Integrated Care System.  Bolton, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue