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New study by business academic links devolution to economic and social disadvantage

According to new report co-authored by Dr David Etherington, devolution is being used to implement further austerity cuts in the Sheffield City Region

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A new report by Dr David Etherington has found that the Sheffield City Region (SCR) has lost over £1.1 billion as a result of austerity cuts and welfare reforms.

Dr David Etherington, Principal Researcher in the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR), published (23 September) the report in collaboration with Professor Martin Jones from the University of Sheffield.

The report, entitled ‘Devolution and Disadvantage in the Sheffield City Region: an assessment of employment, skills and welfare policies’ – as cutting-edge research - will feed directly into the BA and MA Human Resource Management courses.

“A harsh welfare regime where benefit sanctions have been used on a large scale combined with ‘work first’ policies is reinforcing exclusion from a labour market characterised by low paid and poor quality work,”  says Dr Etherington.

“Accessing sustainable employment represents a significant challenge for disadvantaged groups.”

In order to have effective city-region based economic growth and social prosperity, the report calls for several areas to be fixed by policy-makers and politicians in further rounds of devolution as a matter of urgency. This includes promoting inclusive governance at the City Region level.

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