Britain’s biggest cities were the slowest to recover after lockdowns. But does this mean that they face greater long-term challenges? Not necessarily.
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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?
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.
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.
Online spend has increased everywhere, but figures offer hope to traditional bricks and mortar.
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.
Elena Magrini analyses data on furlough and unemployment claims to examine where is entering this second English lockdown in a weaker position.
A look back at the first national lockdown as England begins a second one.