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Automation is set to worsen the North-South divide

A new study shows that automation will hit the North and Midlands the hardest. If we don't act now, England's economy will become even more uneven

By Andrew Carter  

Cities in the North and Midlands will be hit hardest by automation.

In November last year, the Chancellor Phil Hammond was the subject of much derision when he claimed that “there are no unemployed people in Britain.” That gaffe meant that nobody paid any attention to his preceding comments—a shame, as they were perceptive on the big changes set to revolutionise jobs in Britain over coming decades.

Hammond spoke of the need to embrace automation and technology, noting that twenty years ago there was great concern about the future…

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