New plans to spread opportunities more evenly across the UK should provide a much-needed boost to communities left behind.
The proposals will see £4.8billion invested in regeneration projects across the country, with money funneled into better jobs, better schools, better living standards and more.
It’s part of the UK government’s Leveling Up plans to transform our country by spreading prosperity across all regions.
He set ambitious goals to change the way government works, improve public services and empower local leaders and communities to close these geographic divides by 2030, meaning we can all live more longer and more fulfilling and to benefit from the increase in the standard of living and well-being. to be.
Almost £18m of Leveling Up funding has been allocated to developing sports, infrastructure and community skills in Derry and Strabane. The region will also benefit from the £210 million joint investment by the UK and Northern Ireland in the Derry & Strabane City Deal.
LEVELING UP means everyone has the chance to thrive.
It aims to reverse the long-term injustice faced by forgotten communities, providing them with funding and resources so that “no matter where you live, you have access to the same opportunities”, promises Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Depending on where you are, Leveling Up will mean different things. In one place it might mean more truly affordable social housing while in another area it might make it easier to access money to start your own business or see more green space created for families to enjoy. .
Families will live healthier, happier lives with children getting the best possible education – and job prospects will brighten, not just in London and the South East.
Key to this plan is the ‘devolution revolution’, the greatest transfer of power from Whitehall to our local rulers in modern times, allowing every part of England, from Cornwall to Durham, to gain London-style powers if they wish. In Scotland and Wales, the UK’s Shared Prosperity Fund will be decentralised.
These radical new policies, outlined in the UK government’s Leveling Up white paper, will be at the heart of the UK government’s agenda for the rest of the decade.
“It won’t be an easy task, and it won’t happen overnight, but our 12 new National Leveling Missions will bring real change to towns and cities, so where you live will no longer determine how far you can go,” says Michael Gove, Upgrade Secretary.
Upgrade plans will include:
- Better primary schooling for children with an emphasis on reading and math, especially in the most disadvantaged regions of the country
- Reduce the huge inequalities in healthy life expectancy by 2030 and then, by 2035, by seeing life expectancy increase by five years
- Improving public transport with more and faster trains and better connections to more remote parts of the UK
- Faster broadband for all – with most of us able to access 5G coverage by 2030
- A new push on housing quality to ensure homes are fit for the 21st century
Other plans aim to restore a sense of local community and belonging where it has been lost by investing in our main streets and town centers to create places we are all proud to live in: 20 of our towns the most needy will see vast regeneration.
Leveling Up also means making our streets safer, with goals to reduce violent crime, especially in the hardest hit areas.
And the focus is on growing the private sector to increase productivity and create better quality, better paying jobs in the parts of the UK that need them most, improving living standards as the world progresses. thriving economy. This will be helped by increased domestic public investment in research and development outside the greater south east and a £100m investment in three new innovation accelerators to match Silicon Valley.
Leveling Up is not about making every part of the UK the same or pitting one region against another.
Instead, it focuses on the success of all regions: realizing the potential of every place and every person across the UK by building on their unique strengths and expanding opportunities for individuals and companies. It aims to celebrate the culture of each city, town and village to make the economy stronger, more equal and more resilient, and to extend and improve people’s lives.
Progress will be closely monitored with the help of a new Upgrade Advisory Board to ensure it stays on track.
Learn more and give your opinion on gov.uk/levellingup