Sir Roger Gale backs Goals to level up North Thanet
March 18th 2021
Sir Roger Gale is supporting a new set of ambitious goals aimed at improving people’s life chances and access to careers in his North Thanet constituency .
The ‘Levelling Up Goals’ are the practical response to the agenda to level-up Britain in the recovery from Covid19. They have been designed by a former Cabinet minister alongside Britain's leading businesses and universities to pinpoint key challenges that, if resolved, would create a level playing field on life and job opportunities..
Former Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Justine Greening, developed the Levelling Up Goals with the aim of improving life chances, from early years through to adulthood.
Justine has campaigned to level up Britain - by spreading opportunities more evenly across the country - for years and in 2018 she co-founded the national Social Mobility Pledge with entrepreneur and philanthropist, David Harrison. The Levelling Up Goals are chaired in Parliament by Robbie Moore MP.
The Levelling Up Goals include closing the gaps in literacy that emerge in early school years as well as tackling the digital divide and building up personal financial security.
The fourteen Goals are intended to set out how the ambition to level up Britain can be achieved. Targets and measurements related to the goals are being developed by the Social Mobility Pledge in coordination with the University of York.
Between 2012 and 2016, Justine was the UK’s International Development Secretary and during this time, she worked alongside the UN and 184 international partners to agree the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs were designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better more sustainable future for all.”
Justine has said: “If Britain is to achieve levelling up, I believe that we need a galvanizing set of Levelling Up Goals that can unite Parliament, business, communities and civil society to work in partnership for the common good of our country. These goals give us a clear set of objectives to level up communities.
“Time is of the essence. Covid19 has levelled down our country and therefore made levelling up not only more urgent, but even harder. Whilst the solutions may vary, I believe that these Levelling Up Goals can transcend party politics and set clear objectives for the recovery we need to achieve in our communities..
It’s great to have MPs like Sir Roger committed to playing their leading role in supporting the local recovery from Covid19. Levelling up is ultimately about change on the ground in communities up and down this country. Roger`s support will be absolutely vital. From mental health to supporting our young people to get their schooling back on track, we can work together to make real progress in the recovery from Covid-19.”
Sir Roger has added:
“I see Justine`s initiative as having particular relevant in areas of high social deprivation like East Kent. The pandemic has hit our coastal communities hard and we have to seize the opportunity to build back better and fairer. Not only can we do that: we must do it”.
For more on the Levelling Up Goals, please visit: www.levellingupgoals.org