Four tests should be used to judge whether the government’s ‘northern powerhouse’ proves a success, the Institute for Public Policy Research think tank has said.
Its State of the North report said traditional measures of productivity and growth were important, but on their own insufficient, to show whether the region could develop a more equal, resilient and sustainable economy. The proposed tests, with detailed targets in each category, are:
Generate a better type of economic growth, one that combines rising productivity with more jobs and higher wages for all.
Liberate the potential of its greatest asset – its people – through huge improvements to the development of skills, starting with the very youngest.
Invest in future success, particularly in terms of enabling innovation and building the infrastructure we need for the 21st century and beyond.
Rejuvenate local democracy by giving people a genuine involvement in the way the north of England is run.
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