Paul Johnson explores what the world of work can tells us about inequality and why some towns & cities feel left behind.
Paul Johnson of the Institute for Fiscal Studies explores what the world of work can tells us about inequality and why some towns and cities feel left behind. He finds England is one of the most regionally unequal economies in the developed world.
He looks at the differences in wages and opportunities across the county and seeks to understand why this has created areas where people struggle to find well paid work.
This edition of the programme includes interviews with:
Professor Steve Machin - The Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics
Helen Barnard - Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Tom Forth - Open Data Institute Leeds
Henry Overman - Director, The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth
James Bloodworth - Author "Hired - Six months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain"
Richard Hagan - MD, Crystal Doors
Tony Lloyd MP for Rochdale
Jade & Billy - workers
Producer - Smita Patel
Editor - Jasper Corbett