Briefing: Cities, Growth and Poverty: a Review of the Evidence

In this report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, there is a review of the evidence on the links between growth and poverty in UK cities. There is also a review of the strategies and initiatives promoted by city councils to support both economic growth and poverty reduction.

There is a strong link between employment growth and poverty reduction, but the relationship between output growth and employment growth is unclear. High performing cities tend to boost earnings at the higher end of the distribution, and put pressure on living costs which worsens poverty.

Among the initiatives pursued by cities are Living Wage campaigns, bespoke skills training and employment services targeted at large employment-generating projects. City councils have an important role to play in bringing together strategic partnerships.

This briefing will be of interest to members and officers in all types of authorities with an interest in economic development, employment creation, and poverty reduction.

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