Will Jennings, Adam Lent, Gerry Stoker (New Local Government Network)

Year of publication: 2017

The report argues that the sharp divisions highlighted by the Brexit vote reflect the political and economic trajectories of different parts of the UK over time. Those places strongly connected to the global knowledge economy were strongly Remain, whereas those which are poorly integrated and post-industrial were more likely to vote Leave.

The report identifies three broad types of area:

Cosmopolitan areas: growing, prosperous and diverse parts of cities, and occasionally smaller university towns, with younger and more mobile populations. E.g. Bristol West, Cambridge, Hove, Battersea, Sheffield Central

Provincial-coastal: ageing coastal towns with a history of light industry. They tend to have older populations and are often physically located away from major urban conurbations. E.g. Clacton, Great Yarmouth, Boston and Skegness

Post-industrial towns: former industrial towns and mining areas in the North and Midlands, suffering high levels of deprivation, poor educational outcomes, and low levels of inward investment. E.g. Middlesbrough, Rotherham, Wigan, Mansfield

The report concludes that bespoke and locally-made policy responses are needed in post-Brexit Britain. Policy responses on industry, welfare and culture should be matched to the circumstances and context of a place to reflect the different areas, and huge variations in views and priorities held by citizens.

Content type: Economy

Tags: Report

Place-based policymaking after Brexit: In search of the missing link?

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