TL;DR news on Levelling Up White Paper at April 22, 2023

That is why the White Paper will detail the largest devolution of power from Whitehall to local leaders across England in modern times. Radical new policy to level up announced The White Paper represents a long term plan to transform the UK, but it also sets out the first steps the government is taking to achieve this. This exciting Levelling Up agenda, driven by empowered and collaborative local leaders, is the right programme at the right time. Levelling up must help places like this too. That includes ministerial announcements on education, economic development and transport, plus the billions handed out across the country from the Towns Fund and the Levelling Up Fund. Levelling up feels like a hostile agenda, with little of the language and spending commitments to date acknowledging the deep social and economic challenges faced by the capital. Even if it does take until 2030, as Johnson and Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove, left, warn today. No 10 had still not received a copy of the report into possible lockdown breaches in Downing Street and Whitehall on Saturday evening. Whitehall sources said they also expected developments this week on help for families struggling with the cost of energy bills.