State of the North 2023 – Looking out to level up

Think tank: IPPR

Author(s): Marcus Johns; Hannah Hutt

January 25, 2023

This report from UK think tank IPPR looks at how the North and the UK measure up in levelling up. 

The UK continues to stand out internationally for the wrong reason: because it is the most regionally unbalanced large, advanced economy. Our latest analysis highlights continued and growing regional divides in productivity, incomes, job creation, unemployment, pollution, emissions, and educational outcomes. The North is too often at the sharp end of these inequalities. Looking at our place in the world, such inequality is not inevitable. The research in this reports draws from international experience to demonstrate how empowering local places to level up is key to success.