The Conservative Party’s 2019 election manifesto committed to “levelling up every part of the UK” and linked this to devolving power to towns, cities and rural and coastal areas.
On Wednesday 24 February, Professor Michael Kenny, Inaugural Director of the Bennett Institute, and peers, delivered oral statements to the House of Lords Public Services Committee to debate the Government’s ‘levelling up’ plans and what they mean for public services.
“I think what's striking is that if you listen to Government at the moment, we get actually a range of different answers to the question of what levelling up is about, what the core ambitions are. And I think they range at one end of the spectrum to quite ambitious goals [...] right across to sometimes more narrowly conceived ideas that really this is about regional productivity and about evening out regional economic performance. And of course, there could be a range of things in between those two ends of the spectrum.
Professor Michael Kenny