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Policy challenge: Levelling up

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The Levelling Up White Paper set out the government’s aim to ‘spread opportunity more equally across the UK’. Levelling up requires inclusive economic growth at the local level – a key policy objective for many local and combined authorities.

Our large collection of evidence reviews and toolkits explore ‘what works’ for local economic policies, such as business advice and employment training, that are the core ways in which governments try to improve local economic performance.

While these policies remain central to government efforts to level-up local economies, there is increasing interest in a broader set of ‘non-economic’ policies that might also contribute to levelling up or inclusive growth. To support policymakers considering whether to adopt these, we have produced a number of briefings to help them think through the benefits and costs of pursuing these policy options.

This page links to these additional resources, as well as mapping from the levelling-up missions to our existing evidence base.

Get in touch if you would like to discuss any of the evidence, how to embed it in your decision-making or how to evaluate the impact of your levelling up or inclusive growth policies.