Centre for Cities tracks the recovery of high streets in Britain's cities and large towns from the Coronavirus pandemic.
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At this event we discussed how two years of Covid-19 have changed the way we live, work and play in the UK’s largest towns and cities
As the labour market stabilises, claimant count rates in all cities still remain higher than they were pre-pandemic, impacting both the levelling up agenda and the current cost of living crisis.
The second in a series of blogs marking two years on from Covid-19, focusing on what the pandemic has meant for the high streets of our largest city and town centres.
The first in a series of blogs marking two years on from Covid-19 and reflecting on what the pandemic has meant for urban economies across the UK.
Explore the scale of the COVID—19 outbreak in cities and towns from March 2020 — March 2022
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.
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
Weaker high streets are likely to suffer more as the Government’s temporary Covid-19 business supports are withdrawn.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