The Government has released its Levelling Up White Paper setting out how it intends to give everyone the chance to flourish by ‘ending the geographical inequality… of the UK’ and ‘improving economic dynamism and innovation to drive growth across the whole country’. With the aim of providing clarity and consistency over its levelling up objectives, the document details 12 medium term ‘missions’ to be achieved by 2030 which include:
- The number of people successfully completing high‐quality skills training will have significantly increased in every area of the UK
- Local public transport connectivity across the country will be significantly closer to the standards of London
- The number of non‐decent rented homes will have fallen by 50%, with the biggest improvements in the lowest performing areas
- The UK will have nationwide gigabit‐capable broadband and 4G coverage, with 5G coverage for the majority of the population.
The levelling up agenda offers huge opportunities for the construction sector and all central Government policies will be aligned to it, with extra resources delivered to local areas and devolution extended in England. The Government will now engage with a wide range of stakeholders for their views and set out further detail on the policy commitments in due course.