Levelling Up

Time to end costly ‘Beauty Contests’

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The latest tranche of ‘Levelling Up’ grants were announced this week. Whether your area was a winner or a loser the bidding process is fatally flawed and should be scrapped according to DIB boss Frank McKenna.

Levelling up… the sacrificial Lamb?

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Jim forecasts that we could see the end of meaningful devolution in the North following next week’s crisis budget. He also comments on the American elections, and reports on parliamentary boundary changes and a possible left wing purge in the Labour Party.

Jury out on levelling up

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With political instability and an energy crisis raging, can levelling up Britain get any priority from the government?Jim takes a comprehensive look at the White Paper as a new row blows up between the Prime Minister and Greater Manchester’s mayor over clean air fines.

County Outlook – Lancashire

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As 2022 gets underway, the Downtown in Business team look at the political outlook and its potential impact on the business and the economy in the forthcoming year in Lancashire.