The Prime Minister’s plan to ‘level up’ the UK outside the south-east of England is “incoherent and inconsistent”, MPs have warned.
It comes after Boris Johnson made a speech last week on his flagship policy in which he warned that the per capita GDP of Wales was lower than East Germany.
“Even before the pandemic began the UK had and has a more unbalanced economy than almost all our immediate biggest competitors in Europe and more unbalanced than pretty much every major developed country,” he said.
However, a committee of MPs said that his programme for tackling regional inequality in the UK was too vague and could “fail to deliver meaningful change for people across the country”.
The cross-party Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee said it was “disappointed” at how little detail had been put forward to explain what levelling up actually meant.