GMB Southern calls on govt to add local dimension to new industrial strategy
GMB Southern region responded to the publication earlier last week of the new Government industrial strategy.
GMB Southern region has published figures for all parts of the region which show the different levels of economic activity by the working age population across the region.
In Epsom and Ewell 90% of the population aged 16 to 64 are economically active. This is the highest in the region. The next 5 are Rushmoor with 88.9%, Mole Valley with 88.5%, West Oxfordshire with 87.8%, South Oxfordshire and Spelthorne both with 87.3%.
By contrast the lowest are Hasting with only 69.8% of the 16 to 64 year olds who are economically active, Gravesham with 71.3%, Canterbury with 72.4, Guildford with 73% and Rother with 73.1%.
The South East economic activity rate is 80.6% and the overall UK figure is 77.7%. The South East is the second highest in the UK behind the South West at 80.8%.
The table below has the figures for all 67 districts and unitary authorities in the region. See notes to editors for sources and definitions.
|Annual Population Survey – Oct 2015-Sep 2016|
|Economic activity rate – aged 16-64|
|1||Epsom and Ewell||42,400||90|
|9||Reigate and Banstead||76,800||86.6|
|13||Basingstoke and Deane||93,900||85.1|
|19||Windsor and Maidenhead||74,900||83.4|
|26||Tonbridge and Malling||63,400||82.1|
|28||Vale of White Horse||61,400||81.8|
|44||Brighton and Hove||157,800||79.5|
|51||Isle of Wight||60,300||78.8|
Paul Maloney, GMB Southern region secretary, said
“GMB Southern region welcome the recognition by the Government that it, on behalf of the citizens, has a role to play in supporting and promoting an industrial strategy to lift economic growth and prosperity in every part of the region.
As the table above shows there are parts of the region where the levels of economic activity by the work age population is way below the levels in the most prosperous parts of the region. This lower level of economic activity is linked to the relative decline in the economies of these areas.
GMB Southern region is ready to work with all the players across the region to input into Government plans to develop viable industrial strategies for each area.
We need local authorities and elected political figures to take initiatives to bring together employers, unions and educational bodies to feed into this process.
It is essential that Government recognises that there has to be regional and geographical dimensions to any successful industrial strategy. GMB consider this to be essential to bringing the economies of all parts of the region up to the level of the most prosperous parts.”
Contact: Paul Maloney on 07801 343839 or Michelle Gordon on 07866 369259
Notes to editors
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Press Release on ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’: beisgovuk.citizenspace.com/strategy/industrial-strategy/?utm_campaign=gov&utm_source=gov.uk&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=homepage
We want to build an industrial strategy that addresses long-term challenges to the UK economy. Our aim is to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country.
This green paper sets out our vision for a modern industrial strategy and some early actions we have committed to take. It aims to start a genuinely open and collaborative conversation about the skills, research, infrastructure and the other things we need to get right to drive long term growth in productivity.
The green paper sets out how we propose to build our industrial strategy. It is not intended to be the last word, but to start a consultation.
We hope anyone with an interest will respond. We welcome your comments as part of a broad discussion on the approach and ideas we have set out, in order to make the industrial strategy effective in delivering an economy that works for everyone.
2) Source: Annual Population Survey from the Office for National Statistics. Annual Population Survey is residence based and a continuous household survey covering the UK.
The data is for the economic activity rate of those aged 16-64. Economically Active people are those either in employment or unemployed.
The APS is the source recommended for employment-related statistics, such as estimates of the number of people in employment or unemployed.