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While over the summer many social distancing restrictions were lifted almost everywhere, this was not reflected in the same way in local labour markets.
This is the first recession where real time data from private companies is giving up to date information on the performance of the economy. It’s time the public sector caught up.
Our recent research, along with findings from What Works Growth, found that Benefit Cost Ratios are not biased towards London and the South.
What impact did the Prime Minister's calls for people to work from home again, after attempts to get people back into the office over the summer, have on worker footfall in city and town centres?
Unemployment claims continue to rise, but at a slower pace, suggesting the gradual phase out of the job retention scheme has not translated into unemployment. At least not yet.
September's update to the High Streets Recovery Tracker shows that the recovery of high streets has come to a stall in September.
Covid-19 has encouraged places to look for new sources of knowledge and new tools, but a lack of cohesiveness is limiting what can be done.
Arguing for more balance in how money is allocated across the country does nothing to tackle the varied challenges different places face in improving their economies.
While the Treasury’s method of appraisal has been the focus of much recent ire, it is the lack of clear strategy from successive governments that should be the focus of the North’s frustrations.
The Prime Minister’s adult skills announcements are a welcome step to support people adapt to the changing labour market while helping places ‘level up’ – the next step should be investment in job creation.