So what does levelling up even mean? And how has #COVID19 reshaped the challenge?

Tl;dr its no-longer a north-south divide issue.

Report out today from @CentreforCities which @FinancialTimes covers here:
#CitiesOutlook2021 /1…
@CentreforCities @FinancialTimes First how do you define 'levelling up challenge' - the government hasn't really, beyond some aspirational the @CentreforCities uses a rough measure by comparing benefit 'claimant count' with national average. See this. /2
You can see in March 2020, before pandemic impacts were visible, cities such as Hull, Birmingham, Blackpool and Bradford clearly topping the tables and most in need of 'levelling up'.../3
But look. By November last year southern towns, such as Crawley and Slough — crippled by reliance on nearby airports — had similar rates. These were also matched in poorer London boroughs such as Newham, Haringey and Brent. /4
So as @Paul_Swinney explains:“Places like Crawley, Luton and London that went into the crisis in good shape have been hit with large increases in unemployment. [This] has created a second challenge, which is that we’re now at risk of ‘levelling down’.” /5
@Paul_Swinney Here's another chart that explains the scale challenge of - as @TorstenBell tell me - reversing Covid-related unemployment, much of which has yet to materialise.

“What it shows is that the pandemic, almost across the board, has made all objectives of government harder. /6
@Paul_Swinney @TorstenBell This - as @DanJarvisMP tells my colleague @AndyBounds - doesn't mean that North South divide has gone away, and history suggests North has less capacity to recover quickly - BUT it does add an additional tension/dimension to politics of #levellingup ENDS

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Peter Foster

Peter Foster Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @pmdfoster

25 Jan
NEW: 🚨🇪🇺🇬🇧🚛🚚🍤🐟🚢🇬🇧🇪🇺🚨 Building of Brexit border posts faces delays via...industry calling for delay to July 1 U.K. #brexit border roll out - my latest via ⁦
@FinancialTimes This goes back to last year, when UK gov got £430m of bids for new Border Control Posts and only funded £194m worth - and those bids that won took a 33pc 'haircut'. Result, everyone unhappy - those that got nothing, and those that won, got not enough /2…
@FinancialTimes The result is that ports looking to build BCPs to accommodate new border coming in from July 1 say they haven't got enough money. They want either delays to border on July 1, or flexible implementation. /3
Read 10 tweets
22 Jan
So here it is. After the euphoria, the @FinancialTimes @FTMag long read of how @BorisJohnson did his Trade deal with the EU. Tl:dr...not so much “build back better”, more “build back the borders” - stay with me/1.
@FinancialTimes @FTMag @BorisJohnson The really under-appreciated part of this story is the extent to which the Johnson government, having won its 80 seat majority promising to "Get Brexit Done" then explicitly and actively chose the hardest possible version of #brexit in defiance of commercial interests /2
@FinancialTimes @FTMag @BorisJohnson Our story begins in January last year when David Frost commenced what Whitehall insiders call a "Star Chamber" process to strip away anything that might be considered more than a "Canada-style" deal - regardless of the fact that UK doesn't trade with EU like Canada! /3
Read 21 tweets
21 Jan
The UK refusing to give full diplomatic status the EU's mission in London is baffling at at time when @BorisJohnson is trying to connect with @JoeBiden - because it recalls what Trump administration did to the EU ambassador back in 2019. Stay with me/1…
@BorisJohnson @JoeBiden The spat has been going for a while - we reported it in May, when the #Brexit trade talks were getting testy and - I assumed - it was the UK seeking a bit of leverage as the talks progressed. But we have a deal...and still no deal on the EU mission/2…
@BorisJohnson @JoeBiden Essentially the UK government wants to treat the @EUdelegationUK as a "international organisation based in London" - and not accord it full diplomatic status, as almost every other country in the world does, including the United States /3
Read 13 tweets
17 Jan
This is a brilliant thread. I keep talking to people losing their minds battling CHIEF etc. But read the papers? Hardly a word, which is as the govt wants it. Let’s see if weeks 3 or 4 the strains (which are real) cut through. 1/
So little noticed the on Friday Palletways, one of Europe’s largest networks collating and distributing pallets of goods stopped taking any more #brexit orders. /2
This is note sent to customers on Friday...a “very significant blow” says @RHARodMcKenzie given low volumes of traffic post Christmas /3
Read 8 tweets
16 Jan
It’s a rainy day in January. Let #operationmarmalade begin.
First job. Eat up last remaining jar of 2020 crop.
The boil is now on! 😬
Read 7 tweets
15 Jan
So. The hunt is on in Whitehall for #brexit show some clear value in the freedoms given by Brexit.

As we report today one area being looked at is workers' rights...but it is politically difficult territory. /1…
No cabinet decisions have been taken, but per sources, three potential areas been identified in Business Dept...

- the 48 Hour Week
- holiday pay/overtime calculations
- new EU rules on reporting hours worked...

All potentially possible post #brexit /2
The government says it has no intention of “lowering” workers’ rights....and notes that UK has actually gold-plated many EU regulations...BUT (think of government saying it won't "lower" animal welfare standards)...the devil will all be in the detail, if and when it comes /3
Read 17 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!