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CEO Sarah Atkinson responds to the Spending Review, 25 November 2020

The Chancellor’s warning that the scars of the pandemic will last until 2025 is both sobering and unsurprising.

It is clear that neither the health impact nor the economic aftershock of Covid-19 has been felt equally across society. The Levelling Up Fund is welcome, but the levelling up agenda needs to prioritise opportunities for people now, not just infrastructure for the future. Targeting the Restart and Kickstarter schemes to the areas and communities which are being left behind is crucial. There can be no true levelling up if social mobility cold spots endure.

‘A stitch in time saves nine’, as the Prime Minister is fond of saying. If we are to have any hope of protecting social mobility in the next few years, then targeted action is needed now.

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