The Future Generations Bill can do what levelling up plans won’t, politicians said at an event to discuss the landmark bill being brought forward by Big Issue founder Lord John Bird.
The environment, jobs, skills, and poverty were on the agenda at a round table event figuring out how to make levelling up part of Bird’s Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill.
The bill, which would ensure the government makes decisions based on how they will affect future generations, will begin its second reading in the commons in March.
Lord Mike Watson, Labour’s Lords education spokesperson, said the bill could fix a short-sightedness around the levelling up agenda.
He said: “The Levelling Up White Paper goes to 2030, that’s not nearly far enough. That’s why Lord Bird’s Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill is needed.”
Attended by Lords from across the chamber, social mobility commissioner Katharine Birbalsingh, representatives from the TUC and Prince’s Trust, and others, the group discussed how to fuse levelling up with the wellbeing of future generations.