Levelling up should go beyond tackling the North-South divide

Paul Hackett

We need a more nuanced approach to redressing inequality wherever it is found, says Optivo’s Paul Hackett

After all the rhetoric about doubling down on levelling up, government is now starting to deliver on its words. November’s spending review contained a suite of measures designed to tackle regional inequalities, with particular emphasis on the North or England.

The £4bn “Levelling Up Fund” stole the headlines with its emphasis on funding the “infrastructure of everyday life”. The decisions to locate the new National Infrastructure Bank in the North of England and relocate 22,000 government roles out of London and the South-east by 2030 were also strong statements of redistributive intent.

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