An inclusive growth monitor for measuring the relationship between poverty and growth

Christina Beatty, Richard Crisp and Tony Gore

This report presents a new tool – the inclusive growth monitor – to measure the relationship between prosperity and poverty.

Economic prosperity does not necessarily benefit all and there is a compelling need to understand whether cities are delivering ‘inclusive growth’.

The report:

  • explains how the Inclusive Growth Monitor was conceived and designed;
  • presents data on all 39 LEP areas of England using 18 indicators to capture the relationship between economic performance or potential ('prosperity') and poverty and related forms of disadvantage ('inclusion');
  • highlights the positive relationship between prosperity and inclusion at a single point in time, but shows that increases in prosperity over time are not necessarily associated with greater inclusion; and
  • provides a strategic framework to shape the inclusive growth agenda in cities and city regions.

The dataset, containing scores and data on each indicator for all 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships, is available from the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit (IGAU) at http://www.cities.manchester.ac.uk. The IGAU will also produce future versions of the Inclusive Growth Monitor.

A technical note accompanying the report has been published by the researchers at Sheffield Hallam University and can be found at http://www4.shu.ac.uk.

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