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ICE responds to the Levelling Up White Paper

02 February 2022

Commenting on the publication of the Levelling Up White Paper, Chris Richards, Director of Policy at the Institution of Civil Engineers, said: "Today’s Levelling Up White Paper is a first step with some positive aspects such as an independent advisory council, continuation of long-term deals and a clear role for infrastructure carried over from the abandoned industrial strategy.

"However real substantial change will need consultation with those on the ground, looking at what the long-term challenges are so that sectors such as infrastructure know how to help. Embedding a true mandate, through consultation, from the public will be key to rising above ever-shifting political priorities and tackling some of the UK’s long-term issues.

"While there is still significant work to be done, the promise of transforming the levelling up missions into legislation is a step in the right direction."