Minister calls for the phrase ‘Levelling up’ to be removed

Minister calls for the phrase ‘Levelling up’ to be removed

The recent decision by the new Labour government to replace the term ‘levelling up’ with ‘local government’ in the department’s name and ministerial titles has sparked a wave of discussion and feedback. Initially introduced as part of Boris Johnson’s successful 2019 general election campaign, ‘levelling up’ was meant to address the issue of geographical inequality.

However, Minister Jim McMahon has stated that the phrase was merely a slogan and is now being removed from the department’s name. The department is now officially titled the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, reflecting a shift in focus towards local governance. This move has been praised by various political figures, including London Mayor Sadiq Khan and former Conservative minister Sajid Javid.

The decision to shift the government’s focus back to local government has been seen as a positive step in addressing policy challenges related to housing, social care, and community cohesion. While the ‘levelling up’ slogan may be gone, the underlying goal of devolution and empowering ‘left behind’ areas remains a key priority for the government.

Under the previous government, the Levelling Up Fund was established to distribute funds to shovel-ready projects aimed at regeneration. The fund received criticism for its allocation process, with calls for more local decision-making in distributing the funds. Despite the challenges, successful projects funded by the scheme have shown promising results in areas like Twycross Zoo, Halifax, and Rotherham.

Overall, the shift towards prioritizing local government and community empowerment signals a new chapter in governance and policy-making. The focus on devolution, mayoral power, and improving underserved regions aligns with a broader consensus across party lines. While the terminology may have changed, the commitment to addressing economic disparities and fostering local growth remains a key objective for the government moving forward.