Published: 28th Sep 2020

A lack of direction from central government is proving to be a key barrier to ‘levelling up’ parts of the country, according to a new report. The report by Centre for Cities in partnership with Legal & General warns that current ‘levelling up’ plans are also too Whitehall-centric and there appears to be a ‘lack of political direction’, which is also hampering Boris Johnson’s flagship agenda. To avoid this, the report calls for local government to be given more power and responsibility to deliver infrastructure, housing and adult education projects. It also calls on the government to press ahead with the abolition of the complicated system of county and district councils and replace them everywhere with directly-elected political leaders with the same powers as metro-mayors. This warning comes ahead of an expected Comprehensive Spending Review this autumn, in which the Chancellor is under pressure to re-write the spending rules – known … (To read the full article, subscribe below)