The Government’s Levelling up White Paper is a very important step in outlining the Government’s much discussed strategy and after repeated delays, in my view, is one of first times this government has announced something stronger than anticipated. Given the underlying productivity challenges that have faced the country and especially some regions such as the North, the paper outlines quite detailed ways in which the government plans to tackle the multifaceted problems. The paper can easily be criticised for not having any new money attached, but by outlining so broadly and deeply their plans, and announcing they will be measured in terms of progress, it should be regarded as a credible framework to judge this and any future government. Many of the challenges relate to the goals of Northern Gritstone and it is helpful for our mission and purpose.


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