The Covid-19 recession is very different to previous ones, and its recovery is likely to be so too. We should expect the UK economy, and many of its cities, to experience a sharp bounce back.
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Just a year ago, Crawley was counted among the most economically successful cities and large towns in the country, but the collapse of the international travel industry has raised concerns about the town's future.
Covid is just the latest in a number of health crises experienced by cities in the East Asia in the last 20 years, but it hasn’t stopped their growth.
The pandemic has made levelling up four times harder and it risks levelling down otherwise economically successful parts of the country as well.
Covid-19 has made levelling up the North and Midlands four times harder - the Government needs a plan to save the levelling up agenda.
The pandemic had knocked the levelling up agenda off track and risks levelling down the South. In 2021 they need to get it back on track.
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.
Data on credit and debit card spending levels where people spent the most in the run up to Christmas.
Britain’s biggest cities were the slowest to recover after lockdowns. But does this mean that they face greater long-term challenges? Not necessarily.
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?