Levelling Up Darlington Plan launched

Levelling Up Darlington Plan launched
16 November 2022

The first meeting of a new Stronger Communities Board has marked the launch of the Levelling Up Darlington Plan.

Leaders from across the private, public and voluntary sectors of Darlington have come together to unite behind a shared plan for the town and its people.

The Levelling Up Darlington Plan has three priorities:

  • Quality jobs
  • Access to opportunities for young people
  • Tackling health inequalities

In recent years Darlington has been successful in attracting businesses and public sector employers which are now offering a wide range of quality employment opportunities with more to come. The Levelling Up Darlington Plan aims to ensure that people, young and old, right across Darlington are able to take advantage of this.

It also recognises that following the pandemic poor health can act as a barrier to employment and prosperity and that there needs to be a concerted effort to address this.

The new board provides the means by which organisations can collaborate in addressing these priorities.

Whilst initially focusing on the Levelling Up Darlington Plan, it will consider all aspects of life in Darlington looking at areas such as housing, education, jobs, health and community safety.

The first meeting of the board took place at Darlington College today (Wednesday 16 November) where the Levelling Up Darlington Plan was officially launched.

Councillor Jonathan Dulston, leader of the council, explained: “Levelling up is high on the agenda nationally and aims to tackle regional inequalities across the UK. What we’re doing here today is making sure the benefits of this can be accessed by all in Darlington so the whole town flourishes.

“Our vision is for Darlington to be a place where residents, no matter where in the borough they live, have the same opportunity to make the best of their talents and live a healthy and happy life, as any other part of the UK.

“We’ve already made great strides in delivering success for Darlington, with the arrival of the Government economic campus and securing Towns Fund support to boost economic regeneration of the town.

“I look forward to working with the Stronger Communities Board members to ensure levelling up continues to be delivered here in Darlington.”

Kate Roe, principal of Darlington College, said: “I am delighted to be a member of the board. It gives us the opportunity to truly collaborate with partners across town. I am particularly pleased that access to opportunities for our young people is seen as a priority. By working together, we have a better chance of ensuring none of our youth gets left behind.”

More information about the Levelling Up Darlington Plan can be found on our website at https://www.darlington.gov.uk/your-council/communities/levelling-up-darlington-plan/

You can also view the Council Plan at www.darlington.gov.uk/councilplan


Photo caption L-R: Ian Williams (Darlington Borough Council [DBC] chief executive), Carole Todd (Darlington College deputy principal), Mark Ladyman (DBC assistant director economic growth), Cllr Jonathan Dulston (leader of the council), Cllr Mike Renton (DBC cabinet member for stronger communities), Simon Beckman (Youth Employment UK), Jamie Bartch (DBC cabinet member for economy) and Vikki Bailey (Primary Care Network)

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