Devolution White Paper to be replaced by levelling up proposals

By Michael Burton | 04 May 2021

A levelling up White Paper will replace the long-awaited policy document on devolution and local recovery.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government confirmed the change as it was announced that a former Treasury aide and now Conservative MP is to spearhead the Government’s levelling up programme amid concern it is failing to make an impact in the red wall constituencies won by the Tories in the last election.

Neil O’Brien, a former special adviser to chancellor George Osborne and Prime Minister Theresa May, has been asked by Boris Johnson to oversee the levelling up programme.

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