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30 Jul 2019

Post-Brexit priorities for low-income voters in deprived areas

The UK in a Changing Europe and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) report – Post-Brexit priorities for low-income voters in deprived areas – is the culmination of detailed conversations with 190 people on low incomes in 18 workshops, held in nine towns and cities which contain some of the most deprived areas in the country: Glasgow, Leeds, Newport, Southampton, Bolton, Worksop, Hastings and Dudley.

This briefing sets out what low-income voters, in parts of the country that have been locked out of opportunity, want to see after Brexit: their hopes, fears and aspirations for their families and local economies.

The main findings are:

  • People feel disillusioned and distrust politicians. They are frustrated at the lack of progress on the domestic issues that matter to them.
  • People expect more spending on domestic priorities, they want to see their areas receive their ‘fair share’ of investment from government and business, so they have the opportunity to
  • An ambitious policy offer could deliver electoral dividends. People’s economic priorities were for more vibrant local economies and high streets; better paid and more secure work that boosts their living standards; and opportunities to improve their skills and find good apprenticeships.


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