Local power looks at how Metro Mayors can shake the UK out of it’s productivity slump.
- The UK is faced by an unprecedented productivity crisis which is damaging the economy and living standards. This isn’t a problem that impacts every part of the UK equally- some areas have very high productivity whilst others are very low.
- This paper argues that Metro Mayors are often best placed to identify and support measures which increase productivity. Therefore, government should empower Metro Mayors to deliver this role.
- Areas without a Metro Mayor must not be left behind. Proposals such as County Deals are a step in the right direction but need to be accelerated and improved to present a genuine alternative.
- In particular, the government should ditch the “earned confidence” approach, to promote a direct link between areas coming up with good ideas and economic improvements. Mayors should be given greater powers and funding but this must be balanced with safeguards on public money.
Public Funding Lawyer at DW
Alexander is a former Government Lawyer and is now one of the UK's leading Public Funding lawyers now working at DWF. He was also a former European Commission Secondee.