Arguing for more balance in how money is allocated across the country does nothing to tackle the varied challenges different places face in improving their economies.
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While the Treasury’s method of appraisal has been the focus of much recent ire, it is the lack of clear strategy from successive governments that should be the focus of the North’s frustrations.
The Prime Minister’s adult skills announcements are a welcome step to support people adapt to the changing labour market while helping places ‘level up’ – the next step should be investment in job creation.
In the UK, competition for jobs has risen most in places where work was already hardest to find, raising concerns about widening geographic inequality.
This report calls for a simplification of the Treasury's Green Book methodology, stronger local government, and a Government strategy and resources to achieve levelling up.
City MinutesCity Minutes: Re-writing the Green Book for levelling up
Anthony Breach on how to reform the Government's Green Book to level up the country.
Paul Swinney sets out the inherent problems with English local government, and our proposals for reform.
Our recent paper 'Levelling up Local Government in England' sparked much debate. Here’s a round-up and response to the main themes.
Andrew Carter calls for the Government to press ahead with local government reform and empower cities and towns to find solutions to their challenges.
City MinutesCity Minutes: Levelling up local government in England
Simon Jeffrey on the problems with English local government, and his proposals to fix them.