There is still a long way to go to rebuild the UK economy after the pandemic and to level up the regions after decades of under investment which has seen some parts of the country left behind. The second edition of our quarterly Rebuilding Britain Index, which we launched at the start of this year to track social and economic progress, has remained flat.
Despite GDP growth and major investment announcements, such as our plans for a £1.5bn innovation district in Manchester and our major urban regeneration scheme at Bristol Temple Island, which will create 12,000 jobs, the index remained at the medium-low level of 64/100. And for the second consecutive quarter the key areas of Housing and Jobs & Economic Prosperity were the worst performing measures.
To ensure the accuracy of the index we survey 20,000 people and track social and economic progress across 52 measures, including Health and Social Care, Education, Housing, Jobs & Economic Prosperity, Environment, Energy, Transport and Digital. One of the findings from the previous survey was that jobs and homes were the things that were most likely to boost people’s quality of life.