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LEVELLING UP

The Rural Economy and Levelling Up

Jenevieve Treadwell
September 10, 2021
The Rural Economy and Levelling Up

"The Government’s commitment to levelling up is timely. It offers us all – every part of the country, every community, every person – the chance to build back better from this dreadful Covid pandemic and address longterm structural inequalities in our society and economy. Rural Britain – and the farm businesses that lie at its heart – has a crucial role to play in developing, implementing and making a success of this new agenda"

 

This is a summary report from a roundtable held in partnership with the NFU.

The Government has committed to an ambitious levelling up agenda, promising to bring growth and economic opportunity to all parts of the country. However, there is a concern that this agenda becomes overly focused on urban agglomeration and industrial growth, and thus fails to deliver for those who do not live in large cities. With 70 per cent of the UK’s land and around a fifth of its population living in rural areas, the question remains: how can the levelling up agenda better represent these places, and ensure that the rural economy better delivers opportunity and prosperity for different parts of the UK?

This private roundtable considered how the rural economy can be better served by – and contribute to – the levelling up agenda. Participants focused on the necessities for growth in rural places, and what companies and communities need from policymakers to succeed. This included discussions on digital connectivity, physical infrastructure, boosting economic growth, social capital and how best to ensure a rural policy agenda is represented across government departments.

In partnership with the NFU.

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