Creating jobs is essential to level up, but the type of jobs created also matters if we are to level up pay across the country.
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After the most challenging of years, Cities Outlook 2021 assesses the impact of Covid on urban life and on the Government’s promise to level up the economy.
The pandemic has made levelling up four times harder and it risks levelling down otherwise economically successful parts of the country as well.
Skills are a key determinant of the success of people and places. Levelling up must address the root causes that are holding cities and large towns back.
The widely held, but wrongly assumed, belief that cities are rich and towns are poor will make levelling up even more difficult if it shapes policy.
What the Chancellor needs to focus on in the Spending Review 2020 to put local economies in the best position to bounce back, level up and decarbonise.
Despite claimant count remaining unchanged or declining in almost every city and large town over the past month, places are entering this second lockdown in a much weaker position than in March.
Job postings are slower to recover where more people work from home and high-street footfall remains low, making it harder for redundant workers to find jobs.
While over the summer many social distancing restrictions were lifted almost everywhere, this was not reflected in the same way in local labour markets.
Join us for this City Horizons event with the Chair of the Industrial Strategy Council