17 January 2022

Bradford has most 'levelling up' potential, Index finds

Bradford has most levelling up potential, Index finds image
Image: Gordon Bell / Shutterstock.com

New research has revealed the towns and cities in England that could make the best use of the Government’s levelling up funding.

The Levelling Up Opportunity Index found Bradford had the strongest case for economic support as part of the levelling-up agenda,as well as significant capacity for new economic growth.

It was followed by Wolverhampton and Coventry, with Luton and Plymouth coming joint fourth.

The Index, published Etopia Homes and peer reviewed by WSP Strategic Advisory, uses a combination of "negative” indicators such as low current GVA per head and “positive” indicators such as the amount of brownfield land earmarked for development.

England's 34 biggest cities and towns outside of London were ranked on each of six key indicators and given an overall levelling-up opportunity ranking.

Dr Tom Arnold of the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place at the University of Liverpool, said: 'This study gives a good indication of the economic gap between our most successful towns and cities, and those that could benefit most from targeted support to unlock their true economic potential.

'The economic benefits of creating thriving, self-sufficient city-regions – not just for those that live there, but those who live within commuting distance – have been well understood by previous governments. Improving the economic fortunes of large towns and city-regions is crucial to the prosperity of places within commuting distance.'

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Director of Regeneration & Development

Harrow London Borough Council
circa £125,000
Harrow represents all that’s good about outer London life. Harrow, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Harrow London Borough Council

Director of Housing

Harrow London Borough Council
circa £125,000
Harrow represents all that’s good about outer London life. Harrow, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Harrow London Borough Council

Director of Environment

Harrow London Borough Council
circa £125,000
Harrow represents all that’s good about outer London life. Harrow, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Harrow London Borough Council

Loaders (Morpeth)

Northumberland County Council
£18,887 - £19,264
You will provide an efficient and effective refuse collection and recycling service. Morpeth, Northumberland
Recuriter: Northumberland County Council

Assurance Officer

Northumberland County Council
£29,174 - £32,798
We are searching for a confident and focused individual who will bring enthusiasm to the role.  Northumberland
Recuriter: Northumberland County Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.