Levelling up tsars yet to be appointed 6 MONTHS after roles advertised

EXCLUSIVE: Ministers are yet to appoint any of promised 12 new ‘levelling up’ tsars to help deprived areas despite applications for £144,000-a-year roles closing more than SIX MONTHS ago

  • Government admits it’s still yet to appoint any of 12 promised ‘levelling up’ tsars
  • The posts were advertised back in April with a salary of up to £144,000 a year
  • Applications closed on 18 April with more than 500 people applying for the jobs 

The Government is still yet to appoint any of its promised 12 new ‘levelling up’ tsars despite applications for the £144,000-a-year roles closing more than six months ago.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook, a minister at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), this week conceded ‘no appointments have yet been made’ in the search for regional levelling up directors.

The posts were advertised back in April with the salary for the jobs ranging from £120,000 up to £144,000.

There was due to be one director for each of nine English regions, as well as one each for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Applications for the roles closed on 18th April, with Labour questioning whether the long wait for any appointments meant the plans had been shelved.

A job advert posted earlier this year described the roles as ‘an exciting opportunity’ for DLUHC to ‘drive delivery of levelling up missions through a new, closer partnership between local and central government’.

Successful candidates would ‘live, breathe and champion the places you represent while working closely with local partners, senior officials and ministers to help develop and deliver new approaches to tackling systemic, place-based challenges’, the Government advert added.

Michael Gove’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has still yet to appoint any of the 12 regional directors it advertised for in April

Applications for the roles, with a salary ranging from £120,000 up to £144,000, closed on 18th April

Labour’s shadow levelling up secretary Lisa Nandy

In response to a written parliamentary question this week, Baroness Scott admitted that no regional directors had yet been recruited.

But the minister insisted the Government remained ‘committed to delivering levelling up’ and promised ‘more details will be available in due course’.

A Freedom of Information request recently revealed more than 589 people had applied to become a levelling up director before the closing date of 18th April.

The Local Government Chronicle, which submitted the request, reported last month that only 12 people were subsequently interviewed for the roles.

Fellow DLUHC minister Dehenna Davison, in answer to a previous written parliamentary question, said those interviews were conducted in the summer and ‘more details’ would be forthcoming once the department had ‘considered official advice’.

With the wait for appointments having now passed six months, Labour’s shadow levelling up secretary Lisa Nandy told MailOnline: ‘The story of these directors is symbolic of the government’s whole approach to levelling up.

‘Grand promises, announced with big fanfare, which aren’t delivered and quickly disappear while the government stumbles from crisis to crisis.

‘Britain deserves far better than this. We need a government that will invest in all people and all places to get our country firing on all cylinders, not one that breaks its promises, crashes the economy and leaves our poorest communities to pay the price.’

A DLUHC spokesman said the department was pursuing a ‘robust and rigorous process’ and would ‘only allocate roles to those who are suitable’.

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