Professor Graeme Atherton

  • A working ecosystem needs a local base

    03 October 2023

    Local authorities are the natural fulcrum for a dynamic, flexible and responsive skills ecosystem, and political parties must be pushed harder to commit to achieving this, says Professor Graeme Atherton.

  • The problem with the levelling up cake

    25 April 2023

    Handing out funding from targeted pots and through competitive bidding leads to big disparities in allocations across areas and has the overall effect of decoupling level of funding with size of need. Professor Graeme Atherton explains.

  • Moving on from the poverty pageant

    20 January 2023

    Professor Graeme Atherton says an end to ‘poverty pageant’ bidding for growth funding would mean at least some cash would get to those most in need of investment.

  • The levelling up missions should not be shunted to the side

    15 December 2022

    The 12 missions represented the basis for a radical approach to addressing inequality and poverty but to realise their potential they must be at the heart of what levelling up means, says Professor Graeme Atherton.