Levelling up depends on stronger local governments who are empowered and resourced to deliver for their areas; and the skills mission is no exception to this necessity.
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A panel discussion on what the recently-published Levelling Up White Paper means for devolution and the implications this has for the future of local government in England
The Levelling Up White Paper aims to have a globally competitive city in “every area” by 2030. International comparisons suggest that this is a very ambitious target.
We reflected on the contents of the Levelling Up White Paper, discussed which policies have been prioritised, and debated the agenda’s commitment to delivering meaningful long-term change.
While the white paper's inclusion of ambitious and measurable targets across education, skills, and health is welcome, the programmes laid out aren’t sufficient.
What the Levelling Up White Paper means for devolution and the future of local government in England.
Cosmetic interventions alone will not revitalise our high streets. To truly level up, the onus must be placed on making city centres better places to do business, in turn boosting footfall and consumer demand.
The indicators and datasets in the white paper show the challenges of tracking levelling up in near real time, but it is ambiguous about the how to measure the progress across different places
Not all high streets have been evenly affected by Covid-19, Cambridge and Mansfield serve as telling examples.
National policymakers must engage in the bus debate sooner rather than later and provide more funding to the industry in the wake of Covid-19