West of England City region has seen strongest economic recovery outside London

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  Rising rents and house prices are swallowing up the living standards gains from the West of England city region’s impressive economic performance over the last decade, according to a new report published today (Thursday) by the Resolution Foundation. A Western Union – published ahead of the West of England’s first ever Metro Mayoral election … Continued

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Decades of employment failure have turned the West Midlands into Britain’s Brexit capital

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A poor employment performance stretching back decades is turning the West Midlands city region into Britain’s biggest employment blackspot, and played a key role in the region’s vote to leave the EU, according to a new report published today (Monday) by the independent think-tank the Resolution Foundation. As the area prepares to elect its first … Continued

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Tackling living standards divide across Greater Manchester must be top priority for new Metro Mayor

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    Greater Manchester’s impressive leadership on the national devolution agenda should now be used to tackle the stark living standards inequalities between local areas across the city region, according to a new report published today (Tuesday) by the independent think-tank the Resolution Foundation. The Foundation’s report looks at the city region’s successes and failures … Continued

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The Intergenerational Commission’s first call for evidence is open

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Questions of fairness between the generations are currently high on the agenda, and for good reason. Today’s younger generations are finding it more difficult to get on the housing ladder, experience slower pay progression and much lower levels of pension saving in their jobs, and can expect less from the welfare state when they fall … Continued

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Amid all the Brexit uncertainty, a clearer picture is emerging

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Among the many things that feel different in the post-referendum world, there is an unusual air of anticipation surrounding what would previously have been considered relatively underwhelming statistical releases. Today we were treated to a quartet of such publications. On the face of it they appear to point in different directions, allowing commentators on both … Continued

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Latest economic assessments highlight divide between nervous businesses and resilient consumers

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  How these sentiments converge will prove key to UK’s medium-term economic prospects, says RF Commenting on the latest economic assessments published today (Wednesday) by the ONS, Bank of England and OECD, Matt Whittaker, Chief Economist at the Resolution Foundation, said: “The range of expert economic assessments published today – while appearing to point in … Continued

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