Think tanks, local government leaders including Mayor of Greater Manchester, discuss ‘levelling up’
Is devolution in England key to ‘levelling up’ left behind regions and places?
That is one of the likely questions when Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, joins other local government leaders tomorrow to explore the Government’s ‘levelling up’ strategy with peers.
The Public Services Committee will also discuss with experts whether civil society has been neglected under ‘levelling up’
The 2019 Conservative Party election manifesto committed to “levelling up every part of the UK” and linked this commitment explicitly to devolving power to towns, cities and rural and coastal areas.
- What main areas of the ‘levelling up’ strategy should be priorities in underperforming localities and regions?
- Is social capital unevenly distributed across England? If so, how could Government increase the number of charities in deprived areas?How has the voluntary sector been involved in deciding how and where ‘levelling up’ investment is spent? Is the Government using the correct criteria to determine how investment is allocated under the Towns Fund, Levelling Up Fund and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund?
- Are rural and coastal areas at risk of losing out to cities and towns?How have you been consulted on the delivery and design of the ‘levelling up’ strategy?