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Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove addresses the Convention of the North in Leeds in March 2024. PA Images|Alamy

Levelling up is not working as promised – our research shows why

English councils have neither the ongoing funding or the staffing needed to effectively deliver on the government’s economic development promises.
Since May 2024, an elected mayor of the north-east has been leading a new authority spanning Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham. Gary Calton/Alamy

Inequality is dividing England. Is devolution the answer?

Years of political turbulence, economic shocks and the failure to ‘level up’ as pledged have turned English devolution into a key political and constitutional issue

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