As new restrictions affect retail in the run up to Christmas, what does spending data from earlier in the year tell us about what the future might hold for the high street?
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City TalksCity Talks: Pat Ritchie on the biggest challenges for Newcastle
This week, Andrew Carter is joined by Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council to explore how the future for Newcastle might look in the context of city devolution, levelling up, and building back better.
In most city centres, the second lockdown had less of an impact on footfall than the first one. But city size matters as much as the tier of restrictions.
Relocating government departments grabs headlines. But if it wants to make a difference, Whitehall must reorganise and empower local government.
Achieving levelling up is about more than just 'fixing the Green Book'
Can the de-centralization of political powers help the country to recover from the second lockdown?
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.
Online spend has increased everywhere, but figures offer hope to traditional bricks and mortar.