Rolling back Covid support measures is complicated, but a framework for thinking about it suggests a clearer way forward.
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How should the Government roll back its support in a way that allows growth to occur across the country?
Twenty years ago the economist Frances Cairncross predicted that communications technologies would lead to the spreading of jobs away from cities. In the decades since precisely the opposite has happened. But is Covid-19 about to change all that?
The Government has urged more people to cycle and walk, rather than drive, in response to the limits on public transport capacity that COVID-19 imposes. This would require a dramatic change in behaviour.
As part of his response to Coronavirus, the Chancellor announced that small businesses in retail, leisure and hospitality will be exempted from business rates this year. But how will this play out across the country?
While the Budget was trailed as being a response to Corona virus, the chancellor still made time in his hour-long speech to announce a number of policies to help the Government’s levelling up agenda.
This briefing sets out the five things that should be in the Chancellor’s Red Box if dreams of levelling up are to become a reality.
The collapse of FlyBe has led to questions about the negative local economic impact the loss of connectivity will have on places served by the airline. But Paul Swinney argues that this impact is likely to be overstated.
The underperformance of big cities is at the heart of the North-South divide. If the Government is to ‘level up’ the economy then it needs to tackle this major economic problem.