Just what is "levelling up"? The question of how to reduce the profound differences between the affluent southeast and more deprived areas of the north of England and West Midlands has been the biggest policy challenge – Covid-19 notwithstanding – since the 2019 election. After nearly two years of dithering, Boris Johnson used the last cabinet reshuffle to finally focus his government on the problem. It now falls to Michael Gove , he of the famously wide-ranging education reforms, and Neil O'Brien – surely the best ministerial team Johnson has at his disposal – to come up with something tangible before the " red wall " gets to decide whether double down on its 2019 electoral gamble – or to flip back to Labour at the next election. Although another delay in publishing the white paper on levelling up until January 2022 is not encouraging. Surely answering the "what" question before the "how" would be sensible for Gove et al. Best to ask what would success for levelling up look like before working out how to do it. Who should they ask to help them resolve this trickiest of policy puzzles? As well as ensuring their new Department for Levelling… Read full this story
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