“This report is a powerful reminder that swathes of the country have not shared in the country’s growth and prosperity, leaving them vulnerable to economic shocks. While many northern cities have been a success story over the past decade, their revival has not spread beyond many city centres. That has to change.
“We need a post-Brexit settlement for northern towns that have been left behind. The Northern Powerhouse is a welcome attempt to rebalance the economy, but this needs to work for all of the north.
“Devolution is breathing new life into city leadership: mayors must now use the powers and budget at their disposal to shape a better economy – one that generates inclusive growth, where all people and places share the proceeds.”