The UK2070 Commission has set out a 10-Point Plan to tackle the regional inequalities that have blighted the UK for too long. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the need for the Government to ‘think big’ if economic performance and social conditions are to be levelled-up across the UK.
The UK2070 Commission is therefore preparing a report to the Government proposing a clear plan for levelling-up, with coherent priorities. It has received a great deal of support for this initiative, including a range of think-pieces, which it has therefore prosed to issue as the UK2070 Papers.
The first edition is now published, with subsequent editions to follow. Series One has nine papers focussing on the impact of COVID-19 on the future of the UK, including:
- The weaknesses of the UK’s centralised political and economic system, which is threatening to intensify regional inequalities still further;
- The need for fresh and radical policies to deal with the impacts on export markets, transport systems and town centres; and
- The need for renewed devolution to allow distinctive local approaches to policy whether this is from Scottish and Welsh perspectives, Bristol City’s ‘One City Approach’ or local councils generally.