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Quickest way to level up is to stop the yobs

The Times

Sebastian Payne, Onward’s Director, wrote an op-ed for The Times on Levelling Up. He writes:

“This agenda is too often judged as an economic knot to be unravelled to produce higher productivity, more growth, better jobs and skills. But a stronger social fabric is critical for a wealthier, happier country. It is no use opening a swish shared workspace if residents are too scared to walk to the shops or sit on a bench. There is no hope of restoring pride in place if there is visible drug taking while police pay little attention.

“[…] If citizens feel unable to hop on a bus, they are less likely to commute, visit a high street for pleasure, and further deprive their towns of sorely needed business. So local leaders should start with public transport. This is just one of a number of specific but significant potential fixes diagnosed by Onward, in an upcoming report on how levelling up should be delivered at local level.”

Read the full piece here.

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