North East Devolution and Levelling Up

Levelling up: between a rock and a hard place

Inflation will increase inequalities and make levelling up more difficult to achieve, the man in charge of the policy will warn this evening.

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove will give the warning in a Panorama interview on BBC One at 8.00pm (also on iPlayer) with the BBC’s new political editor, Chris Mason, trailed on the Today programme this morning.

Consumer prices rose by 7% in the year to March, the highest since 1992, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Meanwhile tomorrow in the Queen’s Speech setting out its legislative programme for the coming session of parliament, the government is expected to unveil a Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill to enshrine in law the 12 national missions of its Levelling Up White Paper.

The Bill, previewed by The House, will ‘ensure progress is made on them by this and future parliaments.’ The 12 missions aim to improve a wide range of aspects of life including the economy, transport, education, health. housing and crime.

Just over three months after publishing the White Paper on February 2 the government is thus about to be caught between the rock of a legal commitment to level up, on top of the existing political imperative, and the hard place of an economy struggling to provide the necessary funding.