A NEW VOICE TO REFRAME THE DEBATE
National policy is often perceived as giving greater weight to the interests of city regions, leaving places characterised predominantly by small rural towns facing key challenges that are not always well considered. This is holding back the powerful contribution our regions have to make to a sustainable national economy.
Britain's Leading Edge provides a powerful new voice to reframe the debate and help shape a national policy landscape that harnesses the unique strengths of all regions.
We make a strong offer to Government to help:
deliver on its commitments made in response to the 2019 Lords Select Committee calling for a fresh approach to rural policy
ensure that a balanced Industrial Strategy takes advantage of our unique strengths, including as the natural home to address the Grand Challenges of clean growth and an ageing society
place the goal of regional resilience at the heart of future spending policy.
WHY WE ARE NEEDED
City weighted policy and funding decisions are holding back the powerful contribution our regions have to make to the future national economy. This is creating a society where more places are being left behind, and it is weakening our union.
There is presently a ‘policy corridor’ running across the centre of England, in which Government has concentrated its infrastructure and innovation investment; devolution deals; its relocation of public sector jobs; and core funding for essential local services.
While Britain is home to the richest regions in Europe, stark inequalities means that the disparity in Britain between the richest and poorest is the biggest in Europe. Despite Government efforts over the past decade, more British regions have fallen behind. It is overwhelmingly regions in Britain’s Leading Edge that are being left behind.
WHO WE ARE
Britain's Leading Edge is a collaboration of 12 upper tier local authorities that meet the criteria of being mainly or largely rural, with no major cities.
Cumbria County Council
Durham County Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Council of the Isles of Scilly
Isle of Wight Council
Lincolnshire County Council
North Yorkshire County Council
Rutland County Council