Responses to IPPR North's 'State of the North 2018' report

5 December 2018

Today (5 December 2018) the IPPR North released their annual 'State of the North ' report. The report can be downloaded from the IPPR website (opens in new tab).

Responding to IPPR North's State of the North 2018 report, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leader of Bradford Council, said: "Echoing our own commitment to inclusive growth, this report is right to stress that all our cities, towns and rural areas are essential to, and must benefit from, the drive to strengthen the economy of the North of England."

"With the right support from the Government, we can ensure all our communities can take advantage of the opportunities digital technology is bringing, delivering huge benefits for our region and the UK as a whole. Investment in major transport infrastructure, including HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail with a station in Bradford City Centre, is critical to delivering the North of England's full potential."

Cllr Judith Blake, Member of the Combined Authority and Leader of Leeds City Council, said: "We have shown that when we have the right powers and funding we can make significant inroads into tackling long term obstacles to growth, in a way that benefits all our communities."

"This report is a valuable reminder of the scale of the work still to be done, the size of the opportunity the North of England represents and how our important our prosperity is to the wellbeing of the wider country."

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the NP11 Board and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, said: "If the Northern Powerhouse concept is to have a long term and meaningful future it is through the North taking ownership and being given the powers and resources to fulfil our potential."

"The North of England has ambitious plans to deliver for its own communities and the UK as a whole and with the right support we can play our full part in ensuring the country prospers post-Brexit."