Joseph Rowntree Foundation findings

IGAU’s work was part of a broader programme of research and action funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to understand the relationships between economic growth and poverty reduction in cities.

Overcoming deprivation and disconnection in UK cities

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This report provides an in-depth analysis of patterns of neighbourhood deprivation and disconnection across the United Kingdom with reference to aspects of their individual housing and labour market characteristics. The focus is on those areas which, for various reasons, do not seem to benefit fully from periods of economic growth in their wider city regions.

Uneven growth: Tackling city decline

This study analysed the fortunes of 74 cities and developed an index of ‘relative decline’.  The report found that 10 of the UK’s top 12 struggling cities are in the north.  There are three kinds of struggling city- ‘core’, ‘overshadowed’ and ‘freestanding’ – each with different predicaments and potentials for growth and prosperity. The report called for greater attention and resources to be given to the particular needs of cities lagging behind.

How cities can connect people in poverty with jobs

This study reviewed UK and international evidence on local approaches linking people not in work to jobs, and those in work to better jobs. There is more evidence on pre-employment and employment entry than on staying in work and in-work progression, although there is increasing policy interest in the latter. The study emphasised the importance of local leadership.  Key local organisations can ‘lead by example’, championing local economic strategies and playing a co-ordination and facilitation role with local agencies and employers to support activity across different policy areas.

Major development projects: connecting people in poverty to jobs

This report looks at why the valuable education and training opportunities arising from development projects do not automatically help tackle unemployment and poverty in the area. Drawing on both national evidence and action-research in the Leeds City Region, this report demonstrates the opportunities and sets out a framework for action by local authorities, partner organisations and employers. It shows that development projects can be an important source of local employment and training opportunities and that employers and local partners have a shared interest in supporting local recruitment. Local authorities should make full use of policy levers in procurement and planning to maximise those opportunities.