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Onward’s impact on the Levelling Up White Paper

On 2nd February 2022, Michael Gove published the Levelling Up White Paper. We were pleased to see that it explicitly draws on Onward’s back catalogue of research. 

Commenting on its publication, Director Will Tanner said:

“Today Michael Gove fires the starting gun on a regeneration revolution. Previous governments have tried and failed to halt the real decline of jobs, pride and opportunity in many parts of the UK and close the productivity gap between richer and poorer regions. This White Paper takes a big step further – by setting out a practical route map to reverse those trends and regenerate opportunity and belonging in every part of the country.”

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee said:

“The challenge now is delivery. With an election in two years there is little time to waste. Whitehall won’t be able to do it alone, so a big test will be how the Government’s ‘missions’ galvanise action amongst businesses, charities, and community groups. At Onward, we’ll be ready with the practical ideas to support rapid progress.”

Find all the media coverage by clicking through the link cards.


2023 Social Fabric Index

Onward's 2023 Social Fabric Index maps community strength in different parts of the UK

Double Devo: Extending Town and Parish Councils

The case for empowering neighbourhoods as well as regions

Network Effects

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.

Turnaround: Learning from 60 years of regeneration policy

What do the last 60 years of regeneration policy tell us about how to turnaround left behind neighbourhoods - and what does it mean for levelling up?

Making a Comeback: A Renaissance in Manufacturing

How a manufacturing renaissance can level up the country.

Qualifying for the race to net zero: The labour market challenge

The labour market challenge posed by net zero - and the opportunity to boost earnings and productivity if we get it right.

Times Red Box

Adam Hawksbee wrote for Times Red Box about why levelling up the country must involve unlocking the potential of public land.

Conservative Home

Will Tanner writes for Conservative Home about the five reasons that levelling up makes economic sense, not just political and moral sense.