Unlevel levelling up
29 June 2021
The government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda sets out to rebalance the country’s lopsided regional economy. But plans are currently largely focused on big infrastructure projects in city centres. The communities most in need look like being overlooked – again. And poor basic infrastructure means they are in danger of falling into a vicious circle of deprivation.
With fewer local charities and community groups operating on the ground, they attract less funding for essential tasks such as COVID-19 recovery. And they already suffer from disproportionately poor health, jobs and education outcomes, and inadequate digital and transport infrastructure.
How do we provide these deprived areas with the knowledge, skills, funding and resources they need to prevent themselves falling even further behind?