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Riven by scandal and division, the Tories have all but abandoned levelling up

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Amid the scandal, farce and disarray enveloping Boris Johnson’s government, one sudden and glaring absence seems to have been rather overlooked. Levelling up was endlessly talked about between 2019 and early 2022. It ...

Unless Whitehall devolves its powers, ‘levelling up’ is doomed to fail

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For two and a half years, it was like waiting for Godot. But the levelling up white paper is finally here. So was it worth the wait? First, the good points: the plan’s ambitions are clear, and there are things to prai...

Levelling up: PM makes promises without saying how he will pay for them

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There was a popular Lee and Herring sketch in the 1990s in which the pair shout “you want the moon on a stick, you do”. Prime ministers, likewise, are used to being asked for more than they can possibly deliver. But u...

Levelling up: Gove calls time on ‘postcode lottery’ as strategy launched

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Targets to reduce inequalities across society by 2030 are to be enshrined in law as part of long-awaited levelling up proposals to be published today, amid new rows over funding for the government’s headline policy. M...

‘Fund state schools at the level of private ones’: what sort of levelling up do headteachers want?

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Headteachers John Barnes and Andrew O’Neill have both a lot and little in common. Both are successful leaders grappling with the impact of the pandemic as well as the usual challenges facing 21st-century schools. But ...

The Guardian view on levelling up: a flagship policy adrift and becalmed

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Two years after Boris Johnson made “levelling up” the lodestar of his new administration, the public still struggles to understand what the prime minister means by it. A new YouGov poll has found that half of those qu...

Levelling up? If anything, things are getting worse for the lowest paid in the UK

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This should be the moment: it’s the best chance in years for a shot at the “high wage, high skill economy” that Boris Johnson promised. The ratio of job vacancies to unemployed people is at its highest since the 1960s...

Low tax v levelling up: the Tories’ policy tensions will not go away

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The days of the big state are back. Plans announced by Rishi Sunak last week mean public spending as a share of the economy is on course to reach levels not seen since the Thatcherite revolution was about to begin in ...

Levelling up isn’t about north or south, or city or town. It’s about restoring local pride

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Boris Johnson put levelling up at the heart of his conference speech today. But what is it? The objectives of levelling up are clear. To empower local leaders and communities. To grow the private sector and raise livi...

Boris Johnson now has the chance to make ‘levelling up’ mean something

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When Boris Johnson addresses his party faithful today, I would be happy if he did no more than repeat the promises that he made the last time he gave a major speech in Manchester. That was just over two years ago, in ...

Senior black union leader condemns ‘colour-blind’ levelling up

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A “colour-blind” approach to the levelling up agenda would have a damaging effect on black workers, the UK’s most senior black union leader has warned. Dr Patrick Roach, the general secretary of the NASUWT, the teache...

If Johnson is serious about ‘levelling up’, he needs to look at what Labour got right

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No one knows what “levelling up” is, but now Boris Johnson wants 10 more years to do it. A white paper on the grand strategy is promised but, in the meantime, take a good look at this week’s report from Onward – a cen...

Take-up of second Covid jab in England levelling off

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Hundreds of thousands of people have failed to come forward for their second Covid jab, official data shows, as scientists warned that improving uptake among adults is more crucial than moving on to children’s vaccine...

The cost of Boris Johnson’s ‘levelling up’: £2tn, says UK thinktank

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Boris Johnson’s plan to “level up” the UK will require a similar scale of funding to the near-£2tn reunification of Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a leading thinktank has said. Centre for Cities said the s...

Johnson’s levelling up plan lacks definition and planning, say MPs

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Boris Johnson’s plan to “level up” depressed areas of the UK to close the gap with London and the south-east risks becoming an “everything and nothing policy” that lacks definition, coordination and planning, accordin...

Coventry yet to be convinced by Boris Johnson’s talk of ‘levelling up’

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Surrounded by gleaming steel on the floor of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC), a first-of-its kind battery maker, Boris Johnson gave his speech in Coventry at the focal point of manufacturing for the el...

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