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Devolution is needed for a productivity revolution

Shared Intelligence’s work on devolution supports the IPPR’s latest analysis of the UK’s productivity puzzle. UK productivity performance is a long-standing concern. When measuring economic output per hour worked, the country has a productivity gap of between 23 and 32 per cent between it and the otherwise comparable economies of Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium. According to the Economist, the French could take Friday off and still produce more than Britons do in a week. To make matters worse, UK productivity performance has been significantly set back by the economic downturn in 2007/08. The IPPR finds that output per hour is now 17 per cent below what it would ...

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English devolution: this time it’s different

This time is different. At this stage in the life of a new government the biggest challenge facing local government has generally been to work out how to hold ministers to any commitments to devolution and decentralisation in their manifesto. In the days since the Conservative Party election victory devolution has been high up the new government’s agenda. The Chancellor of the Exchequer made his first post-election speech in Manchester and devoted it to the “Northern Powerhouse” which he described as “a revolution in the way we govern England.” Much of the reaction to his speech has focused on what all this means for places outside the major urban areas, ...

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