Centre for Cities:”Unevenly spread” recovery for Britain’s Cities

Centre for Cities Reports and uneven recovery

Centre for Cities Reports and uneven recovery

A study has suggested that the economic recovery of Britain will be “unevenly spread”, with some cities requiring central government help to create job.

The Centre for Cities research group said places such as Hull, Doncaster and Northampton are “bouncing back” after the credit crunch.

However, Liverpool, Swansea, Sunderland, Newport and Birkenhead are struggling and may not see the full benefits for some time.

The study has shown that the areas that have a high dependance on public sector jobs, would have more difficulty with economic recovery.

Reading, Bristol, Leeds, Aberdeen and Milton Keynes are said to have been more protected from the effects of the government spending cuts due to their high potential to attract private sector positions.

Some of the hardest hit cities, such as: Hull, Northampton and Doncaster all saw a 1.2% fall in the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance in the past year.

According to the report, this is more than double the UK average .

The study found that more than one in three jobs in private companies were provided in 11 cities – London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

The report suggested that the cities “vulnerable” to government spending cuts will be in need of financial support.

Centre for Cities chief executive Alexandra Jones said: “Buoyant cities like Leeds and Bristol, which have been fast-growing and have lots of private sector jobs, are best placed to lead the UK’s recovery.

“It’s time these places had new financial freedoms such as full control over the local business rate, and new powers to raise money. They could also benefit from having London-style mayors.

“During 2011, the UK cities most dependent on the public sector, and which have seen slower economic growth over the last decade, will find it more difficult to rebalance towards the private sector.

“These cities will need realistic plans of action to ride out the spending cuts and create jobs – but they will also need additional financial support from central government.”

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