JRF reaction to George Osborne’s cities speech - A Northern powerhouse will need to reduce poverty

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Reacting to today’s speech by George Osborne on creating a ‘Northern powerhouse’, Chief Executive of the York-based Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Julia Unwin said:

“George Osborne’s speech makes an essential contribution to the debate about how city economies grow. We need more and better jobs in our labour market and a Northern powerhouse will need to reduce poverty.

A renewed focus on the potential of the North and the prospect of new investment will have huge benefit for people and places in poverty. Transport policy helps link people to new opportunities, and we urge the government and city leaders to go further and develop housing as part of the crucial infrastructure to strengthen city economies.

JRF has a programme of research on cities, growth and poverty. We are working with Leeds City Council and the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to see how more and better jobs can be created, to help people and places in poverty.

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