Low wages and high welfare tag for city and town centres including Blackpool

Pictures: Bill Johnson. Blackpool Illuminations.
Pictures: Bill Johnson. Blackpool Illuminations.
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A Think Tank’s research into city and town centres revealed only one-in-four were delivering a ‘high wage, low welfare’ economy.

Almost half – including Blackpool – were classified as having a ‘low wage, high welfare’ economy, according to Centre for Cities.

One of the most pressing issues is the need to tackle skills gaps and improve schools attainment

Alexandra Jones

Alexandra Jones, chief executive of the think tank, said: “One of the most pressing issues is the need to tackle skills gaps and improve schools attainment, especially in low-wage cities, to help those places attract businesses and jobs, and support more people to move into work.

“This should be a key part of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse.”

But a spokeswoman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: “In fact, 1.5 million more people are in work outside London and the South East compared to 2010.”