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Written on 13 May 2021

The value of social infrastructure for levelling up

In a new report on the value of social infrastructure argues that the government should invest at least a quarter of its proposed funding for ‘levelling up’ in the spaces and facilities that bring people together, which are just as vital to local economies and civic pride as headline-grabbing upgrades to rail, road and broadband.

There is an ingrained bias in government towards large-scale infrastructure projects, but interventions that seek to restore dilapidated town centres or support local initiatives may be far more socially and economically beneficial than many policy-makers appreciate.”

Professor Michael Kenny

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