What do low income voters from deprived areas want from Brexit?

31 July 2019

This is the full report by ComRes who conducted 18 deliberative workshops with low-income voters living in nine deprived areas across the UK in April and May 2019 for The UK in a Changing Europe and JRF.

During the workshops, ComRes aimed to understand the priorities for low-income voters as the UK looks to leave the European Union.

Overall, low-income voters living in overshadowed towns and cities say they feel they are living in a rigged economy, trapped in an area lacking investment and attention. In comparison, those from core and freestanding cities and towns are more able to highlight opportunities and solutions for change.

However, differences are also apparent between cities and towns in the North, Midlands and Wales that feel particularly left behind by the South and London.

Moreover, there is also a difference within freestanding areas according to relative levels of deprivation; low-income voters in Southampton are more positive about their ambitions than those from Newport and Middlesbrough.

Older participants reflect upon their areas’ decreasing presence in trade and manufacturing while younger adults tend to focus upon support and more opportunities to gain secure employment while balancing life pressures such as having a family.

Overwhelmingly, the majority of low-income voters we spoke to want to see a shift of focus away from Brexit and onto the issues and struggles that affect them daily.

Read the briefing here.

Download What do people want from Brexit - full report - JRF and UK in a Changing Europe

The views expressed in this research paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative.

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