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Levelling Up Commission

The Levelling Up Commission intends to consider ways to implement the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper and subsequent Bill from the perspective of local and regional government. Too often the Levelling Up agenda is something being done ‘to and for’ local and regional government, the Commission intends to make sure it is done ‘with and by’ them.

Through roundtable meetings with MPs and senior leaders of local and regional government from across the UK, quantitative data analysis and regional sprints, the Commission intends to set out a series of recommendations to consider how regional inequalities can be reduced from the perspective of public services in four key areas:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Education, Skills and Training
  • Crime, Justice and Rehabilitation
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Commission Team

Paula Sherriff

Paula Sherriff

Chairing this commission is Paula Sherriff. She was the MP for Dewsbury between 2015 and 2019.

She also served as a Member of the Health Select Committee, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities and Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care.

Paula is a renowned women’s health campaigner and made history as the first opposition member to amend a Government budget, by bringing about the abolition of the ‘tampon tax.’

Outside of politics, Paula has always worked in the public sector including a decade in the criminal justice system.

Hilary Spencer

Hilary Spencer

Chief Executive of the Ambition Institute, Hilary Spencer has held a range of senior positions in the Civil Service, including as Director of Strategy and Performance at the Department for Education, and as Director General of the Government Equalities Office. She is an experienced senior leader in the fields of education policy, equalities, learning and leadership development.

Neil Carmichael

Neil Carmichael

Former Chair of the Education Select Committee, Neil Carmichael served as the MP for Stroud from 2010-2017. As Chair of the Committee, he showed a keen interest in closing education attainment gaps and improving the mental health of students. He is an Honorary Professor of the University of Nottingham and University College London.

Lara Newman

Lara Newman

Chief Executive of LocatED, an arms-length body of the Department for Education, Lara Newman has extensive experience across the education sector. LocatED is responsible for buying and developing sites for new schools in England, also advising multi-academy trusts and local authorities on the use of school estates.

Jeffrey Matsu

Jeffrey Matsu

Chief Economist at CIPFA, Jeffrey Matsu is an expert in public finance and particularly interested in its relationship with regional inequalities. With extensive experience in connecting policy with practice through evidence-based research, he works with partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services

Janet Budd

Janet Budd

Chief Executive of the NHS Transformation Unit hosted by the Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU), Janet Budd delivers change for the NHS, by the NHS. Also sitting on the MLCSU Board as Director of Strategy, she has a wide range of experience in senior leadership in the NHS.

Anita Dockley

Anita Dockley

Anita is research director at the Howard League for Penal Reform. She has wide-ranging interests including suicide and self-harm in prisons, creative methodological approaches, and generating conditions for a reduced role for the penal system. A member of the ESRC Grant Assessment Panel and the Research Excellence Framework in 2021(social work and social policy) and 2014 (law), she is the managing editor of the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice. She also holds honorary roles at the University of Leicester and Liverpool John Moores University.

George Coxon

George Coxon

George Coxon is the Director and Owner of Classic Care Homes in Devon. With 13 years experience in the residential care sector before that, and 30 years in the NHS, across commissioning, policy and management, he has a breadth of experience across health and social care, with a keen interest in effective integration.

Lord Dennis Stevenson

Lord Dennis Stevenson

A cross-bench peer in the House of Lords, Lord Dennis Stevenson is a long-time campaigner for greater understanding of mental illness, founding MQ: Transforming Mental Health, the UK’s leading mental health research charity. He has a keen interest in education, having Chaired Pearson and a commission to advise the Prime Minister on the application of ICT in education.

Commission Posts

Net Zero

Harnessing Existing Skills to Forge Ahead Towards Net Zero

In an informative panel discussion at Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel, in November 2023, those at the heart of the renewable energy sector in the UK gathered together to discuss Darlington’s role in levelling up from a green perspective, and how it can lead the way in the journey towards Net Zero. 

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Addressing Rough Sleeping: The Housing and Homelessness Inquiry

Tomorrow, Curia’s Levelling Up commission is holding its third inquiry session based on housing and homelessness. Chaired by the former Shadow Minister for Social Care and Mental Health and Former Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Paula Sherriff, the Housing and Homelessness Inquiry will take place over a two-hour sitting. The panels will be divided across three sessions.

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