Levelling Up minister Dehenna Davison instructed a cross-party committee of MPs that no administrators have but been appointed and that the recruitment course of was now the topic of an inside evaluate.
A senior official within the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) acknowledged the evaluate may consequence within the plan being dropped solely.
The proposal to nominate 12 regional levelling up administrators – 9 for England and one every for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – was contained in Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove’s white paper printed final February.
The posts – with an annual wage of £120,000 to £144,000 – had been marketed in April, attracting greater than 500 purposes, however 9 months on, the Authorities has but to announce any appointments.
Giving proof to the Commons Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee, Ms Davison mentioned the recruitment course of was now the topic of an inside evaluate to make sure they obtained it “completely spot on”.
“There was some work completed over the summer season with some interviews run for levelling up administrators,” she mentioned.
“We wish to make it possible for once we put administrators in place they’re doing the suitable work and we’ve got obtained the suitable individuals there. There’s a little bit of an inside evaluate occurring in the meanwhile.”
Nevertheless Jessica Blakely, the director of levelling up main programmes at DLUHC, mentioned there was a “pause and reassessment” which may imply no administrators can be appointed.
“I feel what the minister is making an attempt to say is that we’re reviewing that course of at second,” she mentioned.
“There’s a reconsideration of whether or not we’re going to appoint administrators out of that particular course of. A part of that reconsideration does contain whether or not or not we could have administrators in any respect, I’m assuming.
“That’s mainly not the query that we’ve got answered as but as a result of that varieties a part of the evaluate – if that is sensible?”