Some commentators have suggested that Covid will do in a couple of months what governments have tried to do for the last 80 years. This is very unlikely.
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Cities are using their knowledge of their local area to support people train and find a job, but the support they can provide is limited by red tape.
Covid-19 has posed similar challenges to these cities, but has elicited very different responses.
Buses have demonstrated that they are the essential public transport during the pandemic. Now central government, cities and bus operators must build a compact to deliver a successful National Bus Strategy.
Claims by ministers that freeports will create hotbeds of innovation in deprived areas do not reflect the realities of where innovation happens.
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The latest data shows that while no city or large town has high-take up of Job Retention Scheme but low claimant count, many do have high unemployment claims and lower levels of people on furlough.
In the UK, competition for jobs has risen most in places where work was already hardest to find, raising concerns about widening geographic inequality.
Changes in the immigration system will mostly affect cities in the Greater South East.
The policy implications of geographical mobility