Freedom is what you make of it

A review of the collaboration challenge faced by the UK Government to fulfil its promise to level up the regions
FORMBY, U.K. - Jan. 19, 2021 - PRLog -- The time is rapidly approaching when we must learn of the UK Government's detailed plans for fulfilling the PM's promise to level up the regions.  We shall then see what effort and risks ministers and senior civil servants consider appropriate to honour the pact with those who made Brexit possible by changing allegiances at the last general election. After the deal was done in December the PM remarked "freedom is what you make of it". Surely this will be his epitaph but will it be a celebratory one?

In an article published today David Fellows identifies some of the challenges facing the Government as it seeks to engage with public and private sector organisations and the general public in an effort to deliver on his promise. He also discusses the conflicts implicit in the organisational relationships that this task requires.

Some commentators say that this is the time to recognise and reinforce what works, time to throw everything behind the pulling power of London and the South East. They caution against forsaking the golden goose. In the author's view this is a fallacy. London does not work nor do the regions. The one lacks liveability, the other lacks opportunity.

He concludes that ultimately the responsibility for a successful outcome of this immense task lies with Government. It should be entered with this clearly in mind. It is time to embrace change.

The article can be found at:

About the Author

David Fellows is an expert in public financial management and digital communication. He is a director of PFMConnect having previously worked in UK local government and the Cabinet Office as an advisor on local government reform. He has written extensively on public financial management and digital communication for the World Policy Journal, the IMF, the Australian National University and USAID.

About PFMConnect

PFMConnect is a consultancy operating in the fields of public financial management and digital communication.

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