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.
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The most significant change on the high street has been in weekday activity- a significant part of which can be attributed to returning office workers
Recent big decisions mean the populations of Manchester, Liverpool and South Yorkshire can hopefully look forward to cheaper, greener, faster and more reliable services.
Weaker high streets are likely to suffer more as the Government’s temporary Covid-19 business supports are withdrawn.
While it has been frequently claimed that the shift to home working has been a boon for suburban high streets, the data tells a different story
A panel discussion on what the recently-published Levelling Up White Paper means for devolution and the implications this has for the future of local government in England
Short-term, place-sensitive responses will be essential to closing the Covid-induced geographic rift in learning and preventing disparities in attainment from widening.
There are valid concerns about the economic impact of charging cars for access to city centres. Data on footfall and spend suggest that Birmingham’s new Clean Air Zone had no negative long-term effect on the city centre’s economy.
Analysis from our High Streets Recovery Tracker on how people react when remote-working guidance is lifted, and what that tells us about what to expect next.
We reflected on the contents of the Levelling Up White Paper, discussed which policies have been prioritised, and debated the agenda’s commitment to delivering meaningful long-term change.