Delivering Levelling-Up: Don't turn on the taps without fixing the pipes

Jack Newman, Charles Seaford, Ben Glover, Simon Collinson, Charlotte Hoole, Anastasios Kitsos, Diana Gutierrez Posada, Helen Tilley, Ananya Mukherjee, Nigel Gilbert, Nigel Driffield

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This report brings together a wide range of evidence collected by the LIPSIT project, over a two-year investigation into the organisational arrangements of local and regional governance in the UK. The project has primarily focused on how the design of these institutions contributes to improvements in productivity, inclusivity, and sustainability. Over the course of the project, the notion of ‘levelling up’ has emerged and taken hold as a major policy agenda in British politics. This report therefore mobilises the findings of the LIPSIT project as a contribution to the UK government’s levelling up ambitions, ahead of the expected White Paper in Autumn 2021.

The report begins by defining and considering the aims of levelling up, showing that these aims require long-term, cross-sector, and multi-level policy interventions. Over the four chapters that follow, the report explains how problems with subnational governance represent major barriers to the delivery of levelling up. These problems cover ‘the funding system’, ‘multi-level governance’, ‘subnational institutions’, and ‘stakeholder relations’. The report then outlines a series of policy recommendations to fix the system and enable the delivery of levelling up.

The report’s findings are based on a wide range of evidence from research activities carried out by the LIPSIT project team. These include interviews from across the country, as well as workshops, secondary data analysis, and document analysis. Most of the research was conducted in case-study regions across England and Wales. Further information can be found here:
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe LIPSIT project (Local Institutions, Productivity, Sustainability and Inclusivity Trade-offs)
Number of pages56
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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