‘Levelling up’ round table event with ICE President a success

A successful round table discussion has taken place with the ICE President and industry experts which looked at the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda and the infrastructure sector.

Manchester tramlines - Well-funded infrastructure is needed in the North
Manchester tramlines - Well-funded infrastructure is needed in the North
ICE regions are working together to develop a response for the North as part of the Government’s levelling up agenda.
 
ICE has published a discussion paper examining the relationship between the ‘levelling up’ agenda and the infrastructure sector.

The main barriers to productivity, where the North falls behind the UK average, are well-funded infrastructure and skills.
 
ICE North West, ICE Yorkshire and Humber, and ICE North East are working together to develop a response for the North.
 
As part of this response, a lively online debate held recently saw attendees discuss the importance of strategic infrastructure planning and delivery in ensuring better economic and social outcomes.

Attendees at the event, which included ICE President Paul Sheffield, discussed challenges such as Covid-19, net zero carbon targets, infrastructure funding, paying back to communities and devolution.  
 
Emma Antrobus, Regional Director of ICE North West, said: “It was a hugely successful discussion which brought experts together from relevant fields to debate the important role of infrastructure and how we ensure that regional investment delivers the greatest economic and social benefits.”
 
Recently ICE published a discussion paper which includes a series of consultation questions. The aim is to help inform the development of ICE policy in relation to regional infrastructure planning and delivery predominantly in England.

The ICE consultation on levelling up the economy is still open for submissions until August 31 here
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