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The APPG would like to thank all parliamentarians who participated in the inquiry:

Paul Howell (co-chair), Conservative MP for Sedgefield

Dame Diana Johnson DBE (co-chair), Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull North

Jack Brereton, Conservative MP for Stoke-on-Trent South Mary Kelly Foy, Labour MP for the City of Durham

Lord Glasman, Labour peer

Jo Gideon, Conservative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

Emma Hardy, Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle Baroness Armstrong of Hilltop, Labour peer

Sharon Hodgson, Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts CBE, Conservative Peer

Ian Levy, Conservative MP for Blyth Valley

Andrew Lewer, Conservative MP for Northampton South Andy McDonald, Labour MP for Middlesbrough

Dr Kieran Mullan, Conservative MP for Crewe and Nantwich Lia Nici, Conservative MP for Great Grimsby

Baroness Thornhill MBE, Liberal Democrat peer Mick Whitley, Labour MP for Birkenhead

The APPG would like to thank the following individuals and organisations who submitted evidence to the inquiry:

Ada, the National College for Digital Skills Arches Local

Brinnington Big Local

Centre for Inequality and Levelling Up Charitable Journalism Project Chatterley Whitfield Friends

Church of England Citizens Advice Ashfield

City-REDI, University of Birmingham Coalfields Regeneration Trust Community Land Trust Network Culture Commons

Dr James Morrison, Robert Gordon University FaithAction

Fields in Trust

Food, Farming and Countryside Commission Impact Investing Institute

Intelligent Health LifeLine Projects Macroscope London

Professor Philip McCann, University of Manchester NHSA

Northern Housing Consortium NPC

People’s Health Trust

Professor Andy Pike, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University

Plunkett Foundation Power to Change

Professor Gurch Randhawa, University of Bedfordshire Renaisi

Richmond Group of Charities Royal Town Planning Institute Social Mobility Commission

South East Councils

South East Strategic Leaders

The Centre for Education and Youth The Centre for Social Justice

The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute UK Youth


UK in a Changing Europe University of Central Lancashire University of Manchester Volunteering Matters

Professor Katharine Willis, University of Plymouth


The APPG would like to thank witnesses to the inquiry:

Angie Buss, Chair, Revoelution

Anna Bradley-Dorman, Resident and Community Activist, Ramsey Million Big Local Barbara Slasor, Community Development Lead, Gaunless Gateway Big Local

Ben Franklin, Director of Research and Policy, Centre for Progressive Policy Ben Lee, Director, Shared Intelligence

Billy Dasein, Chair, East Marsh United

Gavin Parker, Professor of Planning Studies, University of Reading Graeme Duncan, Chief Executive, Right to Succeed

Henry Kippin, Chief Executive, North of Tyne Combined Authority

Jim Burt, Executive Director of Programmes, National Academy for Social Prescribing John Angell, Committee Member, Dover Big Local

Mark Gamsu, Professor in the School of Health and Community Studies, Leeds Beckett University

Peter Tyler, Professor in Urban and Regional Economics, University of Cambridge

Rebecca Woods, Reece Pocklington and Billy Robinson, award-winning community activists and co-founders of youth mental health campaign group WE WILL

Sarah Pearson, Professor of Social Policy Research, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University

Simon Parkinson, Chief Executive, Workers’ Educational Association

Toby Lloyd, housing and regeneration policy expert and Chair of the 2020-21 No Place Left Behind Commission

Tom Lake, Director of Strategy and Policy, Fair4All Finance

Trisha Bennett, Community Development Co-ordinator, Whitley Big Local

The APPG would also like to thank:

Simon Kaye and Isobel Conn, Reform Toby Lloyd and Rose Grayston, On Place

As well as those who participated in the inquiry’s workshops and roundtables, and additional policy experts who shared their insights with our Members and Secretariat.