Combined Authority Chair responds to Centre for Cities Outlook 2018 report

Combined Authority Chair responds to Centre for Cities Outlook 2018 report

Responding to the Centre for Cities'�Outlook 2018 report, published today, Combined Authority Chair Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said:

�The report amply illustrates that there is still much work to do to make sure that all communities wherever they are in the region feel the benefits of growth. With growing recognition of the Leeds City Region�s position as the digital hub of the North, there are real opportunities. However to grasp those opportunities we need skills and training provision of the highest standard. As our region�s record on skills and training shows, there are significant challenges that we collectively need to overcome.

�This report is right to highlight the potential benefits of devolving more control over skills to allow areas to tailor skills provision to their local economies. Through our new delivery agreements with colleges we are demonstrating how local partnerships could work so that the employees of the future are equipped with the skills that businesses need. But to really give these agreements teeth we need devolution of skills budgets from central government.

Inclusive Growth Strategy�

�Ensuring that all our communities benefit from the job opportunities of the future is one of the key themes of our emerging Local Inclusive Growth Strategy which will confront longstanding obstacles to the Leeds City Region achieving its full economic potential.

�The next decade will bring tremendous opportunities to the City Region including the arrival of HS2 which could be the catalyst for a transformation of our skills base. We have set out how, with the correct support from Government, HS2 could deliver 40,000 jobs directly and a further 50,000 from the wider economic impact.�

Health-check

Cities Outlook 2018 is Centre for Cities� annual health-check on UK city economies, and focuses this year on the potential impact of automation and globalisation in driving both jobs growth and job losses in British cities over the coming decades.

It reveals that 1 in 5 existing jobs in British cities are likely to be displaced by 2030 as a result of automation and globalisation. The report predicts that what it calls �the rise of the robots� could compound Britain�s North/South divide threatening over 400,000 jobs at in Yorkshire cities.

The report shows Wakefield, Huddersfield and Bradford among the top 15 British cities most at risk of job losses resulting from automation and globalisation.

Find out more�about the Centre for Cities' Cities Outlook 2018�report (opens in new tab).