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This blog has been kindly written for HEPI by Scott Logan, Chief Executive Chair of the Association of South Essex Local Authorities

Growth – like happiness – we all want it. But we can’t always agree how best to get it. The link between growth and happiness goes further than this surface similarity. According to Dr David Bartram of the University of Leicester, countries that allow economic inequality to increase as they grow richer make their citizens less happy. Hence the policy focus on levelling up. 

Boosting productivity and living standards is a key theme of the Government’s Levelling Up programme. Improving skills is key to this.

James Coe wrote in September about the clear electoral appeal in capital investment, aligned to skills, to build a high value and high wage economy. Levelling up in action, he called it.

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