Delivering Levelling-Up: Don’t turn on the taps without fixing the pipes


by Dr Jack Newman (University of Surrey) and Charles Seaford (Demos), Ben Glover (Demos), Professor Simon Collinson, Dr Charlotte Hoole, Dr Anastasios Kitsos and Dr Diana Gutierrez Posada (University of Birmingham), Dr Helen Tilley and Dr Ananya Mukherjee (University of Cardiff), Professor Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey) and Professor Nigel Driffield (Warwick).

The new Department for Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities provides a new opportunity for the Government to set out a cohesive vision and action plan to tackle regional inequality. This second major report from the LIPSIT project outlines a proposed plan for the UK Government that will support them in delivering their flagship ‘levelling-up’ ambition. The report sets out the project’s findings on regional institutions and regional economies in order to assess the potential for delivering ‘levelling-up’ in the UK.

The report shows that some straightforward structural changes are needed if the Government’s ‘levelling-up’ agenda is to succeed. Stronger local government, a long-term funding system, and building better relations between national and local government will be essential to tackling regional inequality.

Read the full report here.

Read our Policy Briefing Note here.