The state of economic justice in Birmingham and the Black Country 2021


This report from UK think tank the NPI looks at the gap between how well the economy is working and how it is working for residents.

This report builds on the inequalities highlighted by the first report, back in 2019, looking at the gap between how well the economy is working overall and how well it is working for residents. Having this double focus is essential, since it makes it clear that policymakers are not just assuming that the economic benefits will somehow ‘trickle down’ to local residents. Like its predecessor, this report is concerned about the distribution of assets and people’s opportunity to benefit from them. ‘Assets’ are not just financial ones and property, but also ‘human’ assets such as skills, and ‘social assets’, including the provision of social resources and services, such as childcare, good-quality housing and community amenities. This report was written during the COVID-19 pandemic. While much of the data that has been used in the report pre-dates the pandemic, more recent data has been used where available.

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