Economic Situation: High Wycombe

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 25th November 2021.

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Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker Conservative, Wycombe

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) extent of economic inequality in different areas across High Wycombe and (b) implications of that matter for his policies on levelling up; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Government publishes national economic inequality data, such as the Indices of Multiple Deprivation, and has recently published the methodology used for the Levelling Up Fund and the Community Renewal Fund. Levelling up is about spreading opportunity and boosting living standards across the nation, including addressing local pockets of deprivation. We will be setting out our proposals to deliver on Levelling Up in a White Paper later this year. We have recognised the specific challenges faced in High Wycombe and provided £11.7 million through the Future High Streets Fund to support the area’s plans to revitalise the town centre.

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