Introducing compulsory rental auction policy could be a good start, but more needs to be done to ensure businesses thrive
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Centre for Cities’ Realising Regional Growth event brought together Lord Sainsbury, Andy Burnham and Gordon Brown, alongside other local leaders to discuss the future of Manchester’s economy and its potential as an innovation hub.
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.
At this event we discussed how two years of Covid-19 have changed the way we live, work and play in the UK’s largest towns and cities
Levelling up depends on stronger local governments who are empowered and resourced to deliver for their areas; and the skills mission is no exception to this necessity.
The last couple of months have shown a stabilisation of claimant count after consecutive months of improvement. The UK’s largest cities show relatively high claimant count rates.
Short-term, place-sensitive responses will be essential to closing the Covid-induced geographic rift in learning and preventing disparities in attainment from widening.
Cities Outlook and its associated research has examined the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on high streets and town centres and what this means for places as they recover and grow from the pandemic.
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.
Valentine Quinio compares footfall data in Birmingham city centre with eight surrounding town centres in the West Midlands to monitor recovery