COVID-19 has exposed deepening health, societal and economic divisions across the UK, and exacerbated them, prompting the Government to reaffirm its commitment to levelling up and reducing geographical inequalities.
Promising moves have been made, but if levelling up is to become more than just a slogan, there are three key challenges that levelling up must address:
How to catalyse the economy for fair and sustainable growth, while also enabling it to become more digitalised to better meet people’s needs, and greener to help the UK meet its challenging carbon reduction targets and deliver Net Zero.
How to deal with the vulnerabilities that COVID-19 has exposed, in areas that range from global supply chains to national borders, to the UK’s care and healthcare systems.
How to tackle the challenge of inequality across society, which has been both exposed and made worse by the pandemic – highlighting not only the fragility of the health and care system, but also the fragility of the UK’s social cohesion.
In our latest report, part of PwC’s Future of Government programme, our Strategy& experts set out five success factors that we believe are key to successfully levelling up the UK.
We set out a new collaborative approach that is needed, based on stronger relationships between central and local government, between public and private sector, and with citizens and communities themselves.
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