Progressive Levelling Up

IPPR and IPPR North are undertaking a major project to set out how to upgrade levelling up and rebalance power, wealth, and opportunity between and within our regions, with the voice of people at its centre.

The first phase of the project reported in September 2023 and drew on participatory work from across Hastings, Stoke-on-Trent, and Redcar, as well wider conversations with citizens, leaders and experts from across the UK.

If you would like to get in touch about our ongoing work in this area or are interested in becoming part of it, please contact Zoë Billingham at

Meet the team

Meet the team behind our Progressive Levelling Up Project.

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  1. Taking back control? Devolution, regional inequalities, and 20 years of IPPR North

    In this special IPPR North birthday edition of Progressive Review we’ve brought together leading thinkers on devolution to both look back at the policy developments of the past two decades and look ahead to what the future might hold for…
  2. Parallel lives: Regionally rebalancing wealth, power and opportunity

    This report addresses the urgent need to reduce regional inequality in the UK, and distribute wealth, power, and opportunity more fairly across the country.
  3. Promises for the North: Analysing local parties’ pledges at the 2023 local elections

  4. Zoë Billingham, director of IPPR North, on Channel 4 News discussing levelling up

  5. State of the North 2023 - Looking out to level up: How the North and the UK measure up

    This years State of the North report draws from international experience to show how the UK's regional inequality is not inevitable.
  6. Rethinking levelling up: Caring for place, empowering connectors, and redesigning our culture of governance

    This paper critically assesses the unfinished governance processes of levelling up, challenging the traditional orthodoxy of territorial government in the UK. 
  7. £560 million in levelling up funding lost to inflation

  8. Community led levelling up – insights from Redcar

  9. An alternative approach to levelling up – insights from Hastings

  10. It’s time to upgrade levelling up

    Why the time is right to refocus on levelling up