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.
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The second in a series of blogs marking two years on from Covid-19, focusing on what the pandemic has meant for the high streets of our largest city and town centres.
Weaker high streets are likely to suffer more as the Government’s temporary Covid-19 business supports are withdrawn.
National policymakers must engage in the bus debate sooner rather than later and provide more funding to the industry in the wake of Covid-19
Our analysis shows that the city centres that were the strongest performers pre-pandemic were hardest hit by Covid-19
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.
If politicians want to level up the economies of different regions, they won’t do it without addressing the underperformance of their biggest cities.
Economically struggling places need to look more critically at what they don’t have – not what they do have.
Slough, Hull and Blackpool likely to be hardest hit by benefit cuts and cost of living increases.
Restrictions on international travel have been a boon for Blackpool and Bournemouth.