New plans to spread opportunities more evenly across the UK should provide a much-needed boost to our communities being left behind.
The proposals will see £4.8billion invested in regeneration projects across the country, with money funneled into better jobs, better schools, better living standards and more.
The UK is a fantastic success story in many ways – but not everyone shares that success equally. This is why the government has launched its leveling up plans to transform our country by spreading prosperity to all regions.
He set ambitious goals to change the way government works, improve public services and empower local leaders and communities to close these geographic divides by 2030, meaning we can all live more longer and more fulfilling and to benefit from the increase in the standard of living and well-being. to be. Leveling up means everyone has a chance to flourish.
Over £9m of Leveling Up funding is spent in Belfast, focusing on education, jobs and technology. The UK government is also supporting Belfast through contributions to the City Deal, which amounts to £1 billion.
LEVELING UP means everyone has the chance to thrive.
It aims to reverse the long-term injustice faced by forgotten communities, providing them with funding and resources so that “no matter where you live, you have access to the same opportunities”, promises Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Depending on where you are, Leveling Up will mean different things. In one place it might mean more truly affordable social housing while in another area it might make it easier to access money to start your own business or see more green space created for families to enjoy. .
Families will live healthier, happier lives with children receiving the best possible education – and job prospects will improve, across the country, not just in London and the South East.
Key to this plan is the ‘devolution revolution’, the greatest transfer of power from Whitehall to our local rulers in modern times, allowing every part of England, from Cornwall to Durham, to gain London-style powers if they wish. In Scotland and Wales, the UK’s Shared Prosperity Fund will be decentralised.
These radical new policies, outlined in the UK government’s Leveling Up white paper, will be at the heart of the UK government’s agenda for the rest of the decade.
“It won’t be an easy task, and it won’t happen overnight, but our 12 new National Leveling Missions will bring real change to towns and cities across the UK, so the place where you live will no longer determine how far you can go,” says Michael Gove, Upgrade Secretary.
Upgrade plans will include:
- Better primary schooling for our children with a focus on reading and math, especially in the most disadvantaged parts of the country
- Reduce the huge inequalities in healthy life expectancy by 2030 and then, by 2035, by seeing life expectancy increase by five years
- Improving public transport with more and faster trains and better connections to more remote parts of the UK
- Faster broadband for all – with most of us able to access 5G coverage by 2030
- A new push on housing quality to ensure homes are fit for the 21st century
Other plans aim to restore a sense of local community and belonging where it has been lost by investing in our main streets and town centers to create places we are all proud to live in: 20 of our towns the most needy will see vast regeneration.
Leveling Up also means making our streets safer, with goals to reduce violent crime, especially in the hardest hit areas.
And the focus is on growing the private sector to increase productivity and create better quality, better paying jobs in the parts of the UK that need them most, improving living standards as the world progresses. thriving economy. This will be helped by increased domestic public investment in research and development outside the greater south east and a £100m investment in three new innovation accelerators to match Silicon Valley.
Leveling Up is not about making every part of the UK the same or pitting one region against another.
Instead, it focuses on the success of the whole country: realizing the potential of every place and every person across the UK by building on their unique strengths and expanding opportunities for individuals. and businesses. It aims to celebrate the culture of each city, town and village to make the economy stronger, more equal and more resilient, and to extend and improve people’s lives.
Progress will be closely monitored with the help of a new Upgrade Advisory Board to ensure it stays on track.
“The most comprehensive and ambitious plan of its kind this country has ever seen.”
“From day one, this government’s defining mission has been to upgrade this country, to break the link between geography and destiny so that no matter where you live, you have access to the same opportunities.
“The challenges we face have been ingrained over generations and cannot be solved overnight, but this white paper is the critical next step.
“It’s a vision for the future that will see public spending on research and development increase in all regions of the country; improving transport connectivity; faster broadband in every community; increased life expectancy; violent crime is dropping; schools are improving; and the unleashing of private sector investment.
“This is the most comprehensive and ambitious plan of its kind this country has ever seen and it will ensure that the government continues to rise to the challenge and respond to the needs of the British people.”
“The UK is an unprecedented success story. We have one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world. Ours is the most spoken language in the world. We have produced more Nobel laureates than any country other than America.
“But not everyone shares the UK’s success equally. For decades, too many communities have been neglected and undervalued. While some areas have flourished, others have been left in a cycle of decline. The UK has been like a single-engine jet.
“Leveling Up and this white paper aim to end this historic injustice and call time on the postcode lottery.”