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▫ Northern leaders want levelling up enshrined in law

Northern mayors and council leaders have demanded that the concept of ‘levelling up’ be “hard-wired” into UK law in order to close the gap in living standards. They have argued that the current system of towns and cities bidding for government cash is inequitable and should be abolished. The demand will be presented at the Convention of the North conference in Manchester.

The government has declared its “absolute commitment” to its levelling up project; however, a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has revealed that the North of England receives one of the lowest levels of investment for an advanced economy.

▫ Amazon UK workers stage their first-ever strike

On Wednesday, Amazon workers in the UK are staging the first-ever strike against the online giant in protest of the “derisory” 5% pay rise to £10.50 an hour. According to the GMB union, around 300 staff have walked out of the Coventry warehouse. Reports from the BBC have highlighted the “severe” conditions the workers have endured, including being monitored and reprimanded for even a few minutes of “idle time”.

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