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Eastern counties' labour markets 'vulnerable', report finds

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Digest: The government should hand control of labour market strategies to England’s counties and metropolitan areas even without devolution deals in place, the Localis think tank has said.

Its report,  In Place of Work, looked at the vulnerabilities of local labour markets to changes to migration policy after Brexit, automation of manual jobs and deficient skills bases and demographics.

This showed the most vulnerable areas were Lincolnshire and Suffolk and the least, Greater London, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Localis chief executive Liam Booth-Smith (pictured), said: “As the country slowly gets to grips with the broader implications, both positive and negative, of Brexit, it strikes us that the biggest threat to our future prosperity won’t come from Brussels, but from our own people.

“Simply put, our population is too low-skilled for the high-paying industries we are developing.”

Read the full report here.

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