Cities and regions outside of London should co-operate and not compete with each other to take advantage of joint opportunities at the 2012 Olympic Games, a report published yesterday says.
Birmingham has been one of a number of UK cities to have expressed interest in being a base training camp for one of the high profile teams, and other regions have attempted to attract supply contracts.
However, the The Institute of Public Policy Research calls for more joint working between the cities and claims most of the benefits of the Games will be focused on London.
The report also says that Olympics bosses risk losing public support if they are not realistic about the impact of the 2012 Games.
Employment figures, in particular, need to be better managed and reflect the complexities of the job market if a lasting legacy is to be delivered, the urban policy experts claim.
Dermot Finch, director of IPPR’s Centre for Cities, said: "We need to be more realistic about the benefits of 2012. The Government is right that the Games will have a positive impact, as will the wider regeneration of the Lower Lea Valley (in east London). But we need to be careful to manage people’s expectations."
The net impact of the Games will deliver around 8,000 jobs in east London, 39,000 jobs in Greater London and 8,000 jobs outside London, according to analysis used in its report – Setting The Bar: Preparing For London’s Olympics Legacy.
This contrasts with the 96,000 "person years of employment" forecast by the London Development Agency, it claims.
The net Olympic employment figures are from a 2005 Department for Culture, Media and Sport-commissioned study, The Economic Impact Of The London 2012 Olympics, by Adam Blake of Nottingham University.
The centre recommends more focus should be on civic and social benefits like improved fitness and civic pride.