Economic Gap Between Yorkshire And London To Grow By £50bn In Next Decade

Region's Largest Cities Perform Well In 2016 Q2


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A new report has predicted that the economic gap between Yorkshire and London will widen by £50bn in the next 10 years, despite the region’s largest cities experiencing significant growth in output during the second quarter of 2016.

Law firm Irwin Mitchell’s latest UK Powerhouse report, which has been produced with the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr), provides an estimate of GVA¹ and job creation within 38 of the UK’s largest cities 12 months ahead of the Government’s official figures.

In the most recent version of the report, the economy in Leeds recorded a year-on-year rise in output in growth of 2.2% in Q2 2016. In the previous quarter, annual growth in Leeds stood at 1.7%.

Sheffield’s economy grew by 1.8% in the 12 months to Q2 2016 compared to 1.5% in Q1 and Hull’s economy expanded by 2.1% in Q2 compared to 1.5% in Q1.

In what is a blow to the Government’s economic rebalancing plans, the report predicts that the city economies in Yorkshire will continue to be outpaced by others in the South East.

By 2026, it predicts London’s economy will expand by 16.3% and that fast growth cities in the South such as Milton Keynes and Cambridge will grow by 22%.

Meanwhile, the report predicts the economy of Leeds, Sheffield, Hull and Bradford will see growth by the end of the next decade of 13.1%, 11.6%, 11.1%, 10.3% respectively.

The study predicts that the gap between London and the Yorkshire region will grow by £49.9bn between now and the second quarter of 2026.

Expert Opinion
“There has been a significant amount of political uncertainty over the last couple of months so it is pleasing to see that there has been a recovery of growth rates in the Yorkshire region.

“What is perhaps more significant however is the lack of progress is tackling the divide between London and the North. The Northern Powerhouse initiative has now had the backing of Theresa May and it is vital that the Government refocuses its efforts in this area and ensures economic prosperity is shared fairly.”
Niall Baker, CEO & Partner

Irwin Mitchell produced its first UK Powerhouse report in October 2015. The report predicted a growing economic gap between the South East and the north of England and made nine policy recommendations along with a call for the government to radically rethink how it looks to rebalance the UK’s economy.

¹ GVA (Gross Value Added)