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This week, Andrew Carter is joined by Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council to explore how the future for Newcastle might look in the context of city devolution, levelling up, and building back better.
Relocating government departments grabs headlines. But if it wants to make a difference, Whitehall must reorganise and empower local government.
Achieving levelling up is about more than just 'fixing the Green Book'
Skills are a key determinant of the success of people and places. Levelling up must address the root causes that are holding cities and large towns back.
The widely held, but wrongly assumed, belief that cities are rich and towns are poor will make levelling up even more difficult if it shapes policy.
What the Chancellor needs to focus on in the Spending Review 2020 to put local economies in the best position to bounce back, level up and decarbonise.
Despite claimant count remaining unchanged or declining in almost every city and large town over the past month, places are entering this second lockdown in a much weaker position than in March.
London finds itself in the unfamiliar position of being amongst the UK’s worst performing cities. Are we seeing a levelling down?
If metro mayors are defunded, sidelined or even scrapped then the Prime Minister’s levelling-up agenda will fail, and ultimately so, too, will his government argues Andrew Carter.
While over the summer many social distancing restrictions were lifted almost everywhere, this was not reflected in the same way in local labour markets.