As the COVID-19 pandemic sends shockwaves through the labour market, Centre for Cities tracks the latest unemployment claim statistics across the UK's cities and largest towns.
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Centre for Cities tracks the recovery of high streets in Britain's cities and large towns from the Coronavirus pandemic.
Planning reform is needed to reconnect new housing to public transport infrastructure
As the labour market stabilises, claimant count rates in all cities still remain higher than they were pre-pandemic, impacting both the levelling up agenda and the current cost of living crisis.
Spain’s cities, unlike Britain’s, are typically dominated by a mid-rise urban form. This makes active travel and public transport more effective, and promotes the economic benefits of agglomeration.
Cities Outlook 2022 looks in-depth at the state of UK high streets to get a sense of the short-term impact of the pandemic on Britain's town and city centres and the long-term consequences and implications this has for the Government’s levelling up agenda.
The most recent data suggests that a post-furlough unemployment surge may have been avoided and several cities in the North and Midlands are leading the recovery. However, this is far from achieving levelling up.
There were still 1.1 million people on furlough in September, and almost one third of them were in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Slough, Hull and Blackpool likely to be hardest hit by benefit cuts and cost of living increases.
The UK has pledged to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This report sets out what needs to change if cities and large towns are to lead the way in helping the Government achieve this goal.