Where we stand

Creating an economy that works for everybody

Labour’s economic strategy is about delivering a fairer, more prosperous society for the many, not just the few.

Local Policy

We want to maximise the value of every pound spent in Harrogate & Knaresborough by the council, its partners and you, the public.

Making sure that income is recirculated with our community being put first and local people are provided with opportunities for better employment and higher wages, ensuring that people who live in Harrogate & Knaresborough benefit from a stronger local economy and a great town centre.

In order to maximise economic development, the key policies of Housing and Transport are the ones which need to be addressed in order to attract and retain higher end businesses to the area such as three of those identified by HBC.

Currently it is difficult for businesses requiring highly skilled workers to attract them to the Borough because of property prices and increasing difficulty commuting to Harrogate for those that live in York and Leeds. Workers face the prospect of travelling to Harrogate with increasingly difficult journeys due to increasingly high congestion and increasingly high public transport costs including rail and bus fare increases.

Some businesses in the key sectors such as Creative and Digital, identified in the Economic Growth Strategy for the Harrogate District 2017-2035, have already relocated to Leeds.

  • Sustainable transport links and a supply of affordable housing will enable and encourage local businesses to hire the local staff they need to grow and remain in Harrogate instead of relocating to Leeds or York.
  • ​More skilled jobs would become available for graduates. Young people growing up in Harrogate won’t be forced to move elsewhere as affordable homes become a viable option.
  • Local residents will be able to find jobs locally and won’t need to commute outside of town.
  • Reduced congestion and improved transport options will encourage people to visit town, providing much needed support for local businesses.
  • We will focus on supporting small & medium sized independent businesses in Harrogate.

National Policy

Labour’s economic strategy is about delivering a fairer, more prosperous society for the many, not just the few.

We will measure our economic success not by the number of billionaires, but by the ability of our people to live richer lives.

Labour understands that the creation of wealth is a collective endeavour between workers, entrepreneurs, investors and government. Each contributes and each must share fairly in the rewards.

This manifesto sets out Labour’s plan to upgrade our economy and rewrite the rules of a rigged system, so that our economy really works for the many, and not only the few. Britain is the only major developed economy where earnings have fallen even as growth has returned after the financial crisis. Most working people in Britain today are earning less, after inflation, than they did ten years ago. Too many of us are in low-paid and insecure work. Too many of us fear our children will not enjoy the same opportunities that we have.

Our country and its people have been held back.

Labour will turn this around. We will upgrade our economy, breaking down the barriers that hold too many of us back, and tackling the gender pay gap. Our National Transformation Fund will deliver the investment that every part of Britain needs to meet its potential, overcoming years of neglect. Our industrial strategy will support businesses to create new, high-skilled, high-paid and secure work across the country, in the sectors of the future such as renewables. We will stop our financial system being rigged for the few, turning the power of finance to work for the public good. And we will put small businesses at the centre of our economic strategy.

The growth created by our national investment plan, underpinned by the responsible economic management embodied in our Fiscal Credibility Rule, will create good jobs, drive up living standards and improve the public finances.

It is a plan that will deliver Labour’s vision of an economy that works for the many, not just the few – a Britain in which no one is held back.