1.1A Vision for Britain. Planned
Ministers, MPs of all parties, commentators, local politicians, mayors and academics all agree that “Levelling Up” is an urgent priority. The COVID crisis has put that agenda into even sharper focus.
But where is the plan. For all the agreement on the necessity of addressing regional inequalities, no one has suggested a road map, a rationale for action, a structure for assessing what is required, or how to spend money if and when it is made available.
Surrounding the Levelling Up conversation there is the Devolution debate, MPs concerned for their constituents, vocal Mayors and Local Authority leaders and Think Tank influencers – not to mention the Shared Prosperity Fund, The Towns Fund, substantial pledges for infrastructure and a plethora of other financial pledges – but no actual plan, no means of evaluation and no local and national accountability.
The One Powerhouse Consortium, supported by The Sir Hugh and Lady Ruby Sykes Charitable Trust in collaboration with The RSA, has prepared a plan.
Our draft plans show clearly how the issue of regional inequality and prosperity can be solved not just by money, but by the transformative potential of spatial planning. And we have done the preliminary work required to prove it.
Take a look at our draft plans here.
Take a look at our recommendations here.