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Government to publish 'levelling up' white paper

The Government is set to publish a ‘landmark’ levelling up white paper later this year, setting out how new policy interventions will "improve opportunity and boost livelihoods" across the UK.

The white paper, which will be led by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and replaces the delayed devolution white paper, will focus on challenges including improving living standards, growing the private sector and increasing and spreading opportunity.

The Government said it accompanies work being undertaken to repair the damage done by the coronavirus pandemic to public services, with backlogs in hospitals and courts prioritised alongside school catch ups and jobs.

Despite the challenges of Covid-19, levelling up and ensuring that the UK can benefit from the same access to opportunities remains "core" to the Government’s vision.

A new Cabinet Office Unit will be set up to drive through work on the white paper and the Prime Minister has also appointed Neil O’Brien, MP for Harborough, as his levelling up adviser.

O’Brien said: “Levelling up has been a real passion of mine for many years, and I’m incredibly excited by the Prime Minister’s agenda.

“After such a challenging year, there has never been a better time to unite and level up the country. It’s crucial that we bring opportunity to every single part of the UK by making sure our spending, tax, investment and regeneration priorities bring about meaningful change.”

  • The long-term impact of Covid-19 on the transport sector will be a key theme at the Virtual Smart Transport Conference, which takes place on June 8 and 9.

Watch now: Connecting Policy To Solutions Virtual Conference 2021

Smart Transport Conference returned on June 8th & 9th, to facilitate pivotal discussions on the future of transport. 

The UK’s most senior public and private sector transport leaders discussed the impact of Covid-19, achieving the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, the need for more efficient living and better health, and much more.

Keynote speakers included: 

Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who spoke on BEIS's approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry

Keith Williams, co-author of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, who spoke on rail’s role in integrated transport, decarbonisation and innovation.

Rachel Maclean, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Transport, who discussed the future of transport and its pivotal role in a ‘green recovery’ from the pandemic.


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