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Levelling Up the East of England

13 December 2022

Levelling up in the East of England is a welcome ambition but has a “very long way to go”, a ground-breaking report has revealed.

The report has analysed the East of England’s level of confidence in achieving the Government’s twelve levelling up missions, which were announced in a White Paper in February this year with targets set for 2030.

At the launch of the East of England’s Levelling Up the East of England 2023-2030 on 13th December, more than a hundred MPs, Peers, council leaders and regional partners heard that levelling up is a very welcome ambition to address inequality. However, there is still a “very long way to go” in the East of England if all twelve missions are to be achieved in the timescales indicated in the White Paper.

The report was prepared by the East of England All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and the East of England LGA (EELGA) in conjunction with four universities, NHS partners and a range of private sector businesses including British Sugar, AstraZeneca, Anglian Water and London Stansted Airport. The report revealed there is currently only high confidence in achieving three levelling up missions: employment and pay; research and development (R&D); and wellbeing.

Read the full report here.

Read the summary report here.

Read the press release here.

Charging Up the East of England: a Road Map for Electronic Vehicle Charge Points (EVCPs)

8 November 2022

Held Tuesday 8th November, 

On Tuesday 8th November the East of England APPG held a roundtable looking at the East of England’s charge point needs.

At the meeting Andrew Summers and Naomi Green, the Directors of Transport East and of England’s Economic Heartland, delivered a presentation as did Neil Isaacson, the Chief Executive of Liberty Charge – both of these are attached here and here.

Following the meeting the co-chair of the East of England APPG Peter Aldous MP wrote to the responsible Minister Jesse Norman MP. Please see a copy of this letter here.                                                 

Ensuring the financial resilience of councils: 

3 November 2022

Simplifying central government funding and increasing freedom to generate revenue in order for local authorities to be partners in addressing cost of living crisis, net zero and levelling up agendas

On the 3rd of November the East of England APPG held a session looking at ensuring the financial resilience of councils in the East of England.

At the meeting the leader of Suffolk County Council and Chair of the East of England LGA, Matthew Hicks, presented a paper – please see here – on income generation for councils and leading academic and independent public expenditure expert, Professor Tony Travers, made some interesting observations.

Following the meeting the co-chairs of the East of England APPG Peter Aldous MP and Daniel Zeichner MP wrote to the responsible Minister Lee Rowley MP. Please see a copy of this letter here. Also please see a copy of the briefing note prepared by Bernard Kofi Dom (Nottingham Trent University) and Dr André Lino (University of Essex) here.

                                      

International Gateway: the East of England’s Key Role in Global Britain meeting

31 May 2022

On the 25th May the East of England APPG held a joint meeting with the Innovation Corridor APPG to discuss the East of England’s Key Role in Global Britain meeting. Please see the excellent background briefing prepared by partners including the Innovation Corridor APPG here and the slides shown at the meeting by MAG here. If you would like to watch the session back please see the Youtube recording.

Westminster Hall Debate: Levelling Up in the East of England

27 January 2022

A Backbench Westminster Hall Debate was secured by APPG CoChair Peter Aldous MP on the 18th January 2022. Fourteen backbenchers made contributions making the case for levelling up in the East of England – see Hansard here. At the conclusion of the highly successful debate, Neil O’Brien MP, Minister for Levelling Up gave the following reassurance

“the east of England will absolutely not be overlooked by the levelling-up agenda”

Achieving Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: The East of England Offer

4 November 2021

Following its launch in Parliament on the 19th of October 2021, the East of England APPG joint report with the East of England LGA is now available to view.

It sets out four priorities for the Government including:

  1. Delivering a ‘climate positive’ region
  2. Sustainable and inclusive growth
  3. Improved connectivity and decarbonisation
  4. Financial resilient councils

View the full report here.

Read coverage of the event in the BBC here, the Eastern Daily Press here, the Beccles and Bungay Journal here and the Lowestoft Journal here.

Read the pre-event Press Release here and Post-event Press Release here

Next meeting of the East of England APPG

The next meeting of the APPG will focus on the Levelling Up Delivery Partnership and will be held in March. If you would like further details and an invitation please contact the secretariat via [email protected]

Previous Meetings of the East of England APPG

Levelling up Healthy Life Expectancy 

The APPG met in January 2024 when the issues of heath inequalities was comprehensively addressed.

The background briefing paper is here

A recording of the meeting is here

Speakers were

  • Professor Aliko Ahmed, Regional Director of Public Health, OHID and NHSE East of England – slides here
  • Felicity Cox, Chief Executive, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board and Co-chair East of England Regional Population Health Equity Board – slides here
  • Cllr Jacqui Taylor, Chair of the East of England LGA People and Communities Panel and Lead for Housing at St Albans District Council – speaking notes here
  • Will Quince MP, former Conservative Government Health Minister 
  • Sarah Owen MP, former Shadow Levelling Up Minister and former Member Health and Social Care Committee.
  • Dr Daniel Poulter MP, former Conservative Government Health Minister

 

The East of England’s vital ‘offer’ to the UK as it progresses towards net zero and the region’s ‘asks’ regarding adaptation to climate change

The EE APPG met in December when it addressed the question above with the assistance of  expert speakers:

  • Asher Minns, Executive Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UEA
  • Kerry McCarthy MP, Shadow Minister for Energy Security and Net Zero
  • Laura Tuplin, Water Resources Strategy Programme Manager, Anglian Water
  • Phil McNaughton, Head of Decarbonisation, British Sugar
  • Kate Grant, Director, East of England Network, Cadent
  • Steven Beel, Chief Executive, Freeport East
  • Cllr Tracey Wye, Member of EELGA Regional Climate Change Forum and Executive Member for Sustainability and Climate Resilience at Central Bedfordshire Council

The background briefing compiled by Asher Minns of the Tyndall Institute is here

The recording of the meeting is here (NB recording starts two minutes into the meeting) and the minutes are here

The follow up letter to the Minister is here

 

How will the Innovation Region help deliver Economic Growth, Levelling Up and Net Zero in the East of England?

The EE APPG met in October when it addressed the question above with the assistance of  the Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology, George Freeman MP, and an expert regional panel of:

  • John McGill, Associate Director, UK Innovation Corridor
  • Professor Andy Neely, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise & Business Relations) University of Cambridge and Steering Board Member of Innovate Cambridge
  • Roz Bird, Chief Executive, Norwich Research Park – slides presented about Norwich Research Park are here
  • Steven Wilson, Head of Innovation & Inward Investment, Freeport East – slides presented about Freeport East are here

The background briefing is here

The minutes of the meeting are here

The recording of the meeting is here

The follow up letter to the (new) Minister is here

 

Levelling Up Connectivity

The EE APPG met in September when it addressed the issue of Digital and Physical (Roads) Infrastructure and was addressed by Department for TransportMinister for Roads, Richard Holden MP, and the Government’s Rural Digital Connectivity Champion, Simon Fell MP

  • Minutes here
  • Agenda and attendees here
  • Roads connectivity briefing here
  • Digital connectivity briefing here 
  • Follow up letter to Minister for Roads here
  • Follow up letter to Rural Digital Champion here

 

Levelling Up Skills in the East of England

Q&A with the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education

Held 10 to 11:15 am, on Wednesday 19thJuly in the Jubilee Room, just off Westminster Hall, the Houses of Parliament

Background briefing paper EE APPG Employment and Skills Briefing July 2023

Reply from Minister

 

 

The Future of Freight and the pivotal role of Ely Junction 

Held 16:00 to 17:15 on Monday 19th June with Iain stewart MP, Chair Transport Committee and Tan Dhesi MP, Shadow Minister for Rail

Report of the meeting here

BBC coverage here

Pro forma letter to send to Transport Secretary and/or Chancellor here

 

Levelling Up Housing

Held online from 330 to 5pm on Tuesday 3rd May

Follow up letter to Minister highlighting six key issues here

Background briefing here

Speakers

  • Shona Johnstone, Head Of Markets, Places and Partners, Homes England
  • James Francis, Chair, Build East – presentation here
  • Sam Stafford, Planning Director, Home Builders Federation – presentation here
  • Cllr Graham Butland, Chair, East of England LGA Infrastructure And Growth Panel
  • Hannah Stanley James, Head of Sustainable Growth, Anglian Water – presentation here
  • Abigail Jones, Leader “Housing Tribes” Project For Cambridge Ahead’s Young Advisory Committee – presentation here

Video of meeting here 

Please also see Opening the Door: Good Quality, Available and Affordable Housing in the East of England (EELGA) and Lichfield’s  BuildEast’s role in solving the housing crisis in the East of England

 

AGM and Levelling Up Health:

A Briefing for Parliamentarians from NHS England East and the East of England Ambulance NHS Trust

13:00 to 14:00 Wednesday 22nd March

Write up of the meeting here

Slides presented by CEX of the Ambulance Trust here

 

Joint East of England APPG and EELGA Parliamentary Meeting 

12:45 to 14:30 Wednesday 22nd February

Write up of the meeting including speech by Levelling Up Minister, Dehenna Davison MP, here

For media coverage see here

 

Levelling Up the East of England: the East of England’s Progress Towards the Twelve Levelling Up Missions

4 to 5:20pm, Tuesday 13th December

Meeting held via Teams – to view the recording  click here

Slides presented here

Short version of the report here

Long version of the report here

Press release here

Excellent three minute BBC Look East report here

Letter from DLUHC Minister in response to report here

Letter from Health Minister in response to report here

Letter form Home Office Minister in response to report here

Letter from Transport Minister on 4 trains per hour to London Stansted Airport here

Letter from Education Secretary in response to report here

Westminster Hall Back bench debate on Levelling Up the East of England on 31.01.23 is here

Westminster Hall Backbench debate on Health Mission on 01.03.23 here

Letter to HMT, DfT and DLUHC on transport investment following Backbench debate here

 

COP26 One Year On: Realising the East of England’s Potential Contribution to Achieving UK Net Zero

5 to 6.30pm, Tuesday 8th November

Committee Room 5, House of Commons

Background paper prepared by the Tyndall Centre, UEA, here

Non-verbatim minutes here

Follow up letter here

The current and future skills challenges facing the region

TUESDAY 5th JULY 230 TO 4PM

Background paper prepared by CPPE here

Follow up letter sent to Minister for Skills here

International Gateway: the East of England’s Key Role in Global Britain

WEDNESDAY 25th TH MAY 12:30 TO 14:00

Excellent background briefing prepared by partners including Innovation Corridor APPG here – MAG slides here

Post meeting letter to Transport Secretary urging investment in Ely and Haughley Junctions here

Please see here for Government’s response and here for further urgent letter sent by Chairs, Vice-Chairs and other regional leaders

Oral questions in the House regarding Ely and Haughley Junctions are here

AGM including agreed income and expenditure form

How the Regions’ Integrated Care Systems will Help Reduce Health Disparities

10 am to 11.30, Wednesday  30th  March

Minutes here plus slides presented by SNEE ICS and background paper prepared by CPPE

Levelling Up in the East of England Wednesday 9th February 2022 

With Minister for Levelling Up, Neil O’Brien MP – Click  HERE to watch NB use passcode: .fz+N3A+

See letter sent after the meeting here and the reply from the Minister here

The final meeting of 2021

1st December 2021- Read the review of 2021 and 2022 plan here

Parliamentary reception: joint-report launch with ELGA

Tuesday 19th October, 12:30-14:00

Levelling Up Inquiry Evidence Session 2: The Agriculture Agenda in the East of England’

Wednesday 8th September 16:00 – 17:30

 

Launch of the Levelling-Up Inquiry Evidence Session 1: East of England’s Coastal Communities – Regeneration, Tourism and Trade

Wednesday 7th July 10:00 – 11:30

Minutes | Re-watch the session

 

READ OUR SUMMARY – The Green Recovery in the Eastern Engine of Prosperity Inquiry – June 2021

 

Inquiry into the Green Recovery in the Eastern Engine of Prosperity Evidence Session 3: The East of England’s road to COP26

Wednesday 26th May 10:00 – 11:30

Minutes | Re-watch the session

 

Inquiry into the Green Recovery in the Eastern Engine of Prosperity Evidence Session 2: Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Wednesday 24th March 10:00 – 11:30

Minutes to be uploaded | Re-watch the session 

 

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) also took place on 24.03.21 – please view the APPG’s expenditure reports for 2020/2021 here.

 

Launch of Inquiry into the Green Recovery in the Eastern Engine of Prosperity Evidence Session 1: Challenges and Opportunities for Building Back Business

Wednesday 10th February 10:00 – 11:30

Minutes | Re-watch the session 

 

After the Spending Review: Discussion and Agreement of 2021 Programme of APPG Meetings

Wednesday 9th December 10:00 – 11:30

MinutesLetter to Matt Warman MP | Response from Matt Warman MP

 

Infrastructure for a Net Zero East of England and the Region’s Response and Recovery from COVID-19 with the East of England LGA

Wednesday 4th November

Zoom Meeting | Draft Minutes | Letter to Kwasi Kwarteng MP

 

Transport & Digital Infrastructure

15th September 2020

Zoom Meeting | Draft Minutes | Letter to Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP | Letter from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP

 

COVID-19: Health care services – innovation, integration and improvement

Thursday 16th July 2020

Zoom Meeting | Draft Minutes |Letter to Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP | Response from Edward Argar MP

 

East of England’s Potential Contribution to the Recovery

Thursday 7th May 2020

Minutes | Watch this meeting

 

Reconstitution meeting

Tuesday 4th February 2020

Committee Room 14

Minutes | Budget Submission – the East of England: An Engine for Growth

 

The East of England APPG is kindly supported by British Sugar, London Stansted Airport, the East of England LGA, AstraZeneca, Anglian Water, Transport East, the UK Innovation Corridor, Freeport East, England’s Economic Heartland, CityFibre and BuildEast.

            

        
The academic partners of the East of England APPG are the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement at the University of Essex, The University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University and the University of East Anglia.

           

 

If you are interested in supporting the East of England APPG then please get in contact via [email protected]