Levelling Up

Reducing economic disparities between places

Our work on the UK’s regional disparities has been the engine behind the levelling up agenda. This programme focuses on bridging the UK’s longstanding spatial inequalities and bringing economic opportunity to places which have lagged behind for too long.

New Onward dataset reveals for the first time how many jobs are reachable by car and public transport in every small local area in Britain – exposing a shocking transport gap between places.
Analysing the current formula used to decide local authority funding and how we should fix the outdated system.
Summary report of an Onward roundtable in partnership with the NFU.
Performance of the South West economy against earnings, employment, skills, local industries, and connectivity.
, Matthew Greenwood, Selaine Saxby MP
How a manufacturing renaissance can level up the country.
Understanding the disparity in educational opportunity across England and why we need a long-term plan to fix it.
, Samuel Skerritt
Why we need to drive up innovation in our lagging regions
Why levelling up must go beyond spending more in poorer places, and use tax to drive regional growth.
, Angus Groom
This paper argues that without action, the economic recovery will be hampered by the crippling levels of corporate debt that have built up since the start of the pandemic.
How the Government should measure progress on levelling up, and examines how the economy has been performing in different parts of the country over recent decades.
Rebalancing growth-enhancing spending
Exploring long-term earnings for higher education leavers, why we should cut graduates’ taxes and pay for it by reducing the number of low value university courses.
Oct 4
14:45-
15:45
The role of the rural economy in levelling up
Oct 4
16:00-
17:00
How can we use cities to drive levelling up?
Oct 4
19:30-
23:00
How can transport connectivity support levelling up?
Oct 3
16:15-
17:15
How to help young people after the pandemic?
Jul 13
10:00-
10:00
How to upgrade the country’s toolkit to maximise the volume and quality to FDI projects, and, importantly, how to ensure that lagging areas benefit.
Jun 10
What policies could support UK manufacturing?
May 18
How can we finance levelling up across the country?
with:
May 17
Connecting people, jobs and communities
May 10
How to build clusters of excellence and innovation
May 10
How do we bring good jobs to the places that need them most?
Apr 20
How can a revolution in governance help level up?
Mar 15
How can digital industry and infrastructure drive levelling up?
Oct 4
14:45-
15:45
The role of the rural economy in levelling up
Oct 4
16:00-
17:00
How can we use cities to drive levelling up?
Oct 4
19:30-
23:00
How can transport connectivity support levelling up?
Oct 3
16:15-
17:15
How to help young people after the pandemic?
Jul 13
10:00-
10:00
How to upgrade the country’s toolkit to maximise the volume and quality to FDI projects, and, importantly, how to ensure that lagging areas benefit.
Jun 10
What policies could support UK manufacturing?
May 18
How can we finance levelling up across the country?
with:
May 17
Connecting people, jobs and communities
May 10
How to build clusters of excellence and innovation
May 10
How do we bring good jobs to the places that need them most?
Apr 20
How can a revolution in governance help level up?
Mar 15
How can digital industry and infrastructure drive levelling up?

James Blagden, Senior Researcher at Onward, wrote for the Bennett Institute at Cambridge University about the effect of transport connectivity on regional earnings.

Robert Largan MP writes for Times Red Box about the transport connectivity gap between his constituency and similar places in the South of England.

Will Tanner writes for House Magazine about the defining challenges facing the Government.

Will Tanner writes for Prospect Magazine on the big policy battles going into Conservative Party Conference.

Will Tanner writes for the i Newspaper about the establishment of a new Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Will Tanner writes for Times Red Box on how to fix local government financing.

Selaine Saxby MP writes for ConservativeHome following her Onward report on levelling up the South West.

Will Holloway writes for ConservativeHome calling for the launch of a National Plan for Manufacturing, following findings in our research 'Making a Comeback'

Onward's Francesca Fraser writes for Prospect about the need for Government to address the inequities of the school system within their levelling up agenda.

Will Tanner writes for The Times about the importance of education within the levelling up agenda

Media coverage summary of Levelling up the Tax System.

Research released by Onward demonstrates how much accumulated decision-making the Chancellor will need to unwind if wants to make a dent on regional imbalances, writes James Blagden.

LBC

Unity Howard, Director of the New Schools Network and co-editor of Lost Learning, spoke to Shelagh Fogarty on LBC.

Times Radio

Will Tanner, Onward's Director, spoke to Ayesha Hazarika on Times Radio.

The Times

As a paper by Onward think tank set out, cutting council tax rates in the lowest band and raising it for the highest would give poorer households, with a higher propensity to consume, more spending power. Rich households can absorb higher council rates.

Conservative Home

The report considers which tax changes might have the biggest impact on helping people in the most deprived parts of the country as we recover from a global pandemic.

Western Morning News

MP for North Devon, Selaine Saxby, considers the impact of different taxes on the South West using Onward's modelling in 'Levelling Up the Tax System'.

The Telegraph Business

Council tax should be a key target for reform, according to the think tank Onward in research for the Levelling Up Taskforce, which counts 65 'red wall' MP's among its backers.

The Sun

Shocking economic divide between London and rest of UK exposed.

Reaction

Onward's report 'Levelling up' highlights the extent to which government R&D spending varies across the country, and how changing this will benefit the economy overall.

The Times

London and the South East get more per head in taxpayer cash for transport, housing, innovation and culture, says Onward, a Conservative-leaning think tank, in a report that paves the way for changes to Treasury rules.

The Guardian

In a well-timed pre-budget report intervention this week, a report from the centre right thinktank Onward proposes a series of areas and goals on which Mr Sunak could concentrate.

James Blagden, Senior Researcher at Onward, wrote for the Bennett Institute at Cambridge University about the effect of transport connectivity on regional earnings.

Robert Largan MP writes for Times Red Box about the transport connectivity gap between his constituency and similar places in the South of England.

Will Tanner writes for House Magazine about the defining challenges facing the Government.

Will Tanner writes for Prospect Magazine on the big policy battles going into Conservative Party Conference.

Will Tanner writes for the i Newspaper about the establishment of a new Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Will Tanner writes for Times Red Box on how to fix local government financing.

Selaine Saxby MP writes for ConservativeHome following her Onward report on levelling up the South West.

Will Holloway writes for ConservativeHome calling for the launch of a National Plan for Manufacturing, following findings in our research 'Making a Comeback'

Onward's Francesca Fraser writes for Prospect about the need for Government to address the inequities of the school system within their levelling up agenda.

Will Tanner writes for The Times about the importance of education within the levelling up agenda

Media coverage summary of Levelling up the Tax System.

Research released by Onward demonstrates how much accumulated decision-making the Chancellor will need to unwind if wants to make a dent on regional imbalances, writes James Blagden.

LBC

Unity Howard, Director of the New Schools Network and co-editor of Lost Learning, spoke to Shelagh Fogarty on LBC.

Times Radio

Will Tanner, Onward's Director, spoke to Ayesha Hazarika on Times Radio.

The Times

As a paper by Onward think tank set out, cutting council tax rates in the lowest band and raising it for the highest would give poorer households, with a higher propensity to consume, more spending power. Rich households can absorb higher council rates.

Conservative Home

The report considers which tax changes might have the biggest impact on helping people in the most deprived parts of the country as we recover from a global pandemic.

Western Morning News

MP for North Devon, Selaine Saxby, considers the impact of different taxes on the South West using Onward's modelling in 'Levelling Up the Tax System'.

The Telegraph Business

Council tax should be a key target for reform, according to the think tank Onward in research for the Levelling Up Taskforce, which counts 65 'red wall' MP's among its backers.

The Sun

Shocking economic divide between London and rest of UK exposed.

Reaction

Onward's report 'Levelling up' highlights the extent to which government R&D spending varies across the country, and how changing this will benefit the economy overall.

The Times

London and the South East get more per head in taxpayer cash for transport, housing, innovation and culture, says Onward, a Conservative-leaning think tank, in a report that paves the way for changes to Treasury rules.

The Guardian

In a well-timed pre-budget report intervention this week, a report from the centre right thinktank Onward proposes a series of areas and goals on which Mr Sunak could concentrate.

Practical and popular ways to decarbonise the economy
Repairing the ties that bind communities together
Practical and popular ways to decarbonise the economy
Repairing the ties that bind communities together