Levelling up through political uncertainty

A NEF strategy briefing for regional and local government leaders

Led by Miatta Fahnbulleh, the Labour Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Camberwell and Peckham and, until December 2023, Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation. 

Miatta Fahnbulleh

Regional and local governments have been buffeted by a series of crises – austerity, the pandemic, and more recently, the cost of living and stagnant growth. This has made the already difficult task of tackling inequality between, and within places harder. The challenge of ‘levelling up’ and delivering improvements in local economies that can drive sustained improvements for local communities, remains as entrenched and hard to grip as ever.

There is wide recognition across the political spectrum of the urgent need to support places to rebuild their economies, create jobs and deliver foundation services that will improve living standards. However, the national policy environment matters.

Planning for different political scenarios

In an election year, likely to bring political change, understanding and preparing for policy shifts will be key. This NEF strategy briefing on levelling up through political uncertainty will equip local leaders and practitioners with an understanding of:

  • The new political scenarios likely to emerge after the general election.
  • The impact on devolution and local economic development agendas of each scenario.
  • Exploiting the opportunities and mitigating the risks.

About the briefing

The three-hour briefing will give you the insights and tools to prepare and lead through political uncertainty and change. Participants can be from one authority or drawn from across a group of authorities but we would advise a maximum group size of six people.

Fully participative, with group discussions, the three-hour session will cover:

  • An overview of the political landscape and different scenarios in the election year, based on polling data.
  • Scenario planning. What it means for the devolution and inclusive economy agenda under each of three likely scenarios.
  • The likely policy agenda, opportunities and risks for each scenario.
  • A deep dive into how to respond to opportunities and risks that a specific scenario presents for your authority.
  • Next steps for action planning.

The briefing can be delivered online or, for an additional cost, at your site.


For more information and costs please contact us.

New Economics Foundation

NEF aims to create a new economy that works for people and within environmental limits. We are guided by three missions:

A new social settlement
To ensure people are paid well, have more time off to spend with their families, and have access to the things we all need for a decent life.

A Green New Deal
A plan for government-led investment to reduce the carbon we emit and boost nature, while creating a new generation of jobs.

The democratic economy
To devolve state power and transform ownership of the economy to give everyone an equal stake in the places where we live and work.

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