North East Devolution and Levelling Up

Queen’s Speech promises skills boost

The Queen’s Speech today promised, as expected, that the government will focus on levelling up all parts of the UK as the country emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.

‘My government’s priority is to deliver a national recovery from the pandemic that makes the United Kingdom stronger, healthier and more prosperous’ said Her Majesty. ‘To achieve this, my government will level up opportunities across all parts of the United Kingdom, supporting jobs, businesses and economic growth’.

A Levelling Up White Paper will follow, and we will have to wait for the details. But some specifics were given that are of crucial interest in the North East, including a new lifetime skills guarantee under which adults who did not attend university will be offered loans to fund four years of education at any time of life.