Welcome to The North in Numbers, the podcast that gets the human stories behind the stats. Each fortnight, The North in Numbers will be looking at the figures that particularly affect the north, whether that's the rise in knife crime in Merseyside or the boom in restaurants seen in Newcastle. We'll be joined by experts and those most affected to get their take on the issues facing northern communities.
In this final episode of the series, we look at the boom in breweries across the North - part of a craft beer revolution that is sweeping the country. We speak to brewers, bar owners and beer festival organisers from all over the region to find out what's been driving the trend. Written and presented by Annie Gouk. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
In this episode, we explore the introduction of Universal Credit, and the impact the controversial new benefits system is having on families across the North. We travelled to Teesside - an area with a high number of people on Universal Credit - to speak to claimants about their experiences. You’ll hear first hand how some people are desperately struggling under the system, as well as from charities and experts who want to see it improved. Written and presented by Annie Gouk. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
Annie Gouk takes a break as sports data journalist David Dubas-Fisher steps in for a look at the state of football in the north. He explores the financial gulf that exists between the Premier League and the Championship, speaking to academics, experts and local sports journalists about how the industry is evolving. Written and presented by David Dubas-Fisher. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
This episode takes a look at the huge rise in knife crime seen across the north, and the devastating effect it's had on communities in Merseyside in particular. We spoke to a mother who tragically lost her teenage son, the locals campaigning to make a difference, the Chief Inspector of Merseyside Police and the Liverpool ECHO's crime reporter. Written and presented by Annie Gouk. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
Data Special: David Ottewell and Tom Forth
This week is a special episode, where we take a look behind the scenes with data experts David Ottewell and Tom Forth about how numbers impact our world. We discuss what makes data important, why it needs to be accessible, and some of the pitfalls when it comes to statistics. Written and presented by Annie Gouk. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
This week takes a look at the effects of austerity when it comes to council spending and what that meant in terms of cuts to local services. We looked at the north as a whole but focused on Hull as an area that has been hit particularly hard. We spoke to local councillors, union members, teachers and library campaigners as they delve into the devastating impacts of these cuts. Written and hosted by Annie Gouk. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
The Foodie Boom
This week we're looking at the boom in restaurants and cafes seen across the north of England. We met some of the chefs and entrepreneurs in Leeds and Newcastle that have started food businesses in the last few years, as well as hospitality industry experts. Written and presented by Annie Gouk. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
The North of England has seen a huge rise in homelessness. This episode of The North in Numbers takes a closer look at Manchester, where the problem is particularly bad. We spoke to some of those that are sleeping rough on the streets, a young mum housed in temporary accommodation, two of the many local charities striving to make a difference and the Political Editor of the Manchester Evening News. Written and presented by Annie Gouk. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
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