31 MAY 2016

In this report you will find:

  • Research from the Fawcett Society that reveals that while the Government’s plans for a Northern Powerhouse to boost economic growth in the North of England surge ahead, gender equality continues to lag behind
  • An examination of the local authorities that make up the combined authorities forming the Northern Powerhouse: Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, Sheffield City Region, North East Combined Authority, Tees Valley and the authorities that form the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which looked at the number of women councillors in each local authority as well as their representation in the most senior roles in the new structures
  • Details on how women make up just 28% of the leadership roles in the Northern Powerhouse region 
  • The concern that as an increasing amount of power and decision making is concentrated in the hands of combined authorities and directly elected mayors, without concerted action devolution and the Northern Powerhouse could risk shutting women out of key decisions about regional development

For the purposes of this analysis northern powerhouse regions are identified as Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, North East Combined Authority, Tees Valley Combined Authority and the boroughs that form the Humber Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Link to the report: The Northern Powerhouse Report