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Lockdown changed how we live, work and shop significantly, but not all these changes have endured, nor have they been evenly spread across the country.
The unexpected rise in inflation squeezes northern towns and cities hardest.
The Government’s growth-oriented policies are increasingly focused on big cities, while levelling up worries about redistribution. This is a helpful distinction.
After the financial crisis, London lost the status of being the UK’s engine of productivity growth. Now it may risk losing the status of the UK’s engine of overall growth.
Three years since the Covid pandemic started, the labour market has stabilised, with employment above pre-pandemic levels for most places.
A comparison with Paris highlights the weaknesses that emerged in London since the financial crisis
While London’s stuttering presents an additional productivity challenge, it should be possible for policy makers to deal with two separate productivity problems simultaneously.
Weak investment in intangibles may be one of the explanations behind London’s weak productivity growth.
The first blog of this series shows that London’s moved from leader to laggard in terms of the UK’s productivity growth, costing billions to the national economy.
Writing for Conservative Home, Anthony Breach notes two key changes the new housing minister can make immediately to leave a positive legacy in planning and housing.