Angela Rayner’s expansive policy brief faces the threat of ‘short-termism’ perhaps more than any other. If Labour win power, will Rayner be able to fight against these short-term political incentives?
Infrastructure development in Northern England has been increasingly muddled in recent years. Few will be convinced by Sunak’s new pledge to fix this.
With all delays on this train line over the last decade, it may have been a costly distraction from other projects that could have contributed to levelling up in the meantime.
Economists do not have the analytical tools to properly measure the full value of a megaproject. Deciding on whether to pull the plug or not is always a political matter.
More than a decade of austerity in English local government has squeezed councils to their utter financial limits.
Business bosses appear reluctant to take part in open debate about their firms’ contribution to growing regional inequalities.
Why addressing inequality in ‘left-behind’ places requires more than ‘levelling up’.
Customs provide crucial scrutiny of goods, processes and documentation. UK freeports will only succeed with similarly robust measures in place.
Preparing a bid for such funding can cost project hopefuls up to £30,000.
Certain parts of the UK are classed as “left behind” and will feel the effects of an economic downturn more acutely than others.
The plan to abolish the House of Lords has drawn the most attention but Labour is also proposing radical changes to how power is distributed.
Cuts to public spending do not actually result in efficiency savings because they cause more problems for people than they solve.
Whether moving away is a good idea depends as much on a young person’s aspirations as it does on their resources. Staying put – or moving back – does not necessarily mean personal failure.
A mass die-off of crustaceans occurred on England’s north-east coast last autumn – the government’s explanation of the cause is unlikely to be true.
In her first party conference speech as prime minister, Liz Truss has emphasised that growth is the only solution.
The way high streets function has fundamentally changed, and we need to start prioritising their social value over their monetary value for the benefit of local communities.
Behind the government’s net zero bluster there has been little progress in decarbonising the UK.
We looked at the factors that led to levelling up success in Europe, Japan and the US.
The levelling up white paper outlines plans for regional devolution in England, but they will be meaningless without reform at the top.
A white paper that is central to the government’s mission – but lacks coherence.