What Gove’s levelling up plan needs to do to improve lives and not just ‘tart up’ town centres

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Levelling up success should be measured in places like Blackpool and Jaywick, argues Chris Brown

When it comes to the finer details of levelling up it is hard to look beyond two places, Jaywick on the Essex coast, which has been the most deprived neighbourhood in the last three indices of multiple deprivation (since 2010), and Blackpool, which has the next eight most deprived neighbourhoods in the league table.

Both are coastal locations with economies that were historically based on tourism. Housing is central to the deprivation problem in both places. And it is hard to describe the human suffering that lies behind these statistics. Think Charles Dickens and his description of Jacob’s Island in Oliver Twist.

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