Vital Signs – building regional economic resilience in the COVID age

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Vital Signs – building regional economic resilience in the COVID age

Quite simply the national lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 influence pandemic has brought economic life in this country to a standstill with a speed, spread and in all-encompassing manner that has outstripped even the great depression, both world wars, the 1974 three-day week or in more recent memory the 2008 financial crisis.

But local areas, strategic authorities such as combined authorities or county councils will be faced with immediate thinking in order to hit the economic ball on the bounce as they seek to adapt and realign existing medium and long-term economic plans to overcome obstacles to growth and social wellbeing which the Covid-19 emergency has set in train.

With this in mind Localis is organising a series of evidence sessions with leading experts and undertaking extensive data-analysis in an effort to stimulate strategic thinking as to how we might go about restoring place prosperity in the COVID age.

We will examine how councils and businesses are adapting and realigning existing medium and long-term economic plans to overcome obstacles to growth and social wellbeing which the COVID-19 emergency has set in train – ascertaining how this planning could complement and inform the Government’s ‘Levelling up’ and broader English devolution agenda.

Our inquiry is focusing on four initial areas:

  1. Business and growth
  2. ‘Levelling up’ – and research and development
  3. The new post-COVID labour market
  4. The role of local government in economic development

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