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Barnsley’s betrayal exposes ‘levelling up’ political partisanship

Professor Gwilym Pryce has written an opinion piece on the deep inequalities that exist in the UK  and the 'levelling up' agenda.

Barnsley's betrayal exposes 'levelling up' partisanship | The Yorkshire Post

“Regional and neighbourhood inequalities exist not just in income but also in education, employment, pollution and exposure to crime. But, because government departments focus on particular areas of inequality in isolation, policies can be introduced that reduce inequality in one area only to worsen it in others.”
– Professor Gwilym Pryce

Case Study: Working with The Improvement Service to measure inequality across Local Authority areas in Scotland

05.05.2020
Meng Le Zhang and Gwilym Pryce

In 2018, Dr Meng Le Zhang and Professor Gwilym Pryce from the Understanding Inequalities project worked with the Improvement Service to develop a tool to analyse inequalities across all Local Authority areas in Scotland.

The Improvement Service

Meng Le and Gwilym developed a series of measures that calculates an inequality score at local authority level for a particular dimension, for example, air pollution, exposure to crime or housing quality, which can be then followed over time.

The Improvement Service used this index as a key component of their Community Planning Outcomes Profile (CPOP) toolkit which aims to help Community Planning Partnerships (CPP) understand the issues in their area, in order to identify where they might prioritise intervention measures to improve the outcomes for people living in those areas.

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