Amendment 6

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (1st Day) – in the House of Lords at 6:19 pm on 11 July 2023.

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Lord Shipley:

Moved by Lord Shipley

6: Clause 1, page 2, line 3, at end insert—“(2A) A statement of levelling-up missions must include an assessment of geographical disparities in the United Kingdom, broken down by local authority and by postcode area and council ward.(2B) An assessment of geographical disparities must consider—(a) levels of public spending, both capital and revenue,(b) levels of private sector inward investment,(c) levels of disposable household income, (d) levels of employment, unemployment, and economic inactivity,(e) differences in housing supply and tenure,(f) levels of educational attainment,(g) numbers of young people not in education, employment or training,(h) levels of child poverty,(i) success of government policies in reducing health inequalities,(j) the availability and cost of public transport, and(k) levels of fuel poverty.”Member's explanatory statementThis amendment would define criteria that should be used to evaluate the success or otherwise of levelling up policies across all government departments.

Photo of Lord Shipley Lord Shipley Liberal Democrat

My Lords, I listened carefully to the Minister’s reply on my amendment, in which she said that there are clear metrics. I wish to disagree. We learned a moment ago that there is no rural-proofing in the metrics. Indeed, if one takes bus services as an example, the metrics talk about the

“average excess waiting time for frequent (bus) services … the percentage of non-frequent bus services running on time”,

and so on. The metrics actually need to ask: “Is there a bus service at all in my area?” So I do not accept, I am afraid, that the metrics are clear.

My amendment would help to solve the problem of having a standard so that trend analysis can be done on the metrics. If the Government can change metrics, that can make it difficult to achieve sustainable, long-term trend analysis. My amendment would meet that problem; I very much hope that the House agrees. I therefore beg leave to test the opinion of the House.

Ayes 202, Noes 194.

Division number 3 Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (1st Day) — Amendment 6

Aye: 200 Members of the House of Lords

No: 192 Members of the House of Lords

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Amendment 6 agreed.