West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 16th October 2020

This week infections continue to rise globally. Rates are surging in countless countries across the globe, with cases in Europe accelerating notably. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced bars and pubs will be closed in the worst-hit parts of England in order to suppress the spread of the virus. Chris Witty, the Chief Medical … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 16th October 2020”

Back Issues of the West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor

WM REDI has been tasked with providing an up to date monitor of the current COVID-19 economic impacts, on a weekly basis. These reports will help regional partners to shape responses and interventions to boost the region’s resilience so that it can thrive going forward. Each week the focus of the report is based on … Continue reading “Back Issues of the West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 9th October 2020

This week cases continue to rise in the UK and death rates associated with covid19 are now also on the rise. Significant outbreaks are happening in the North West but as yet the West Midlands is not seeing the same increases. However business sentiment after a stronger summer, as reported regionally by business representative organisations, … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 9th October 2020”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 2nd October 2020

This week, the ONS published a review of the last 6 months, and the effect the pandemic has had on people. As time has gone on more people believe it will be more than a year before life returns to normal, the lockdown has raised anxiety and it remains above the levels pre-COVID, but happiness … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 2nd October 2020”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 25th September 2020

This week, rising infection rates have led to increased restrictions across the UK, bringing most places into line and increasing some restrictions in locked-down areas. The Prime Minister hinted at this being a medium-term (6 months) approach to bring the virus under control. Key issues Regional representative organisations say there are still lots of issues … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 25th September 2020”

Civic Engagement, Universities and Inclusive Growth: Responding to COVID-19

On the 30th September, City-REDI / WM REDI and the Civic University Network will be holding an event called “Civic Universities and Inclusive Local Economic Recovery“. The event will begin with a discussion between Lord Robert Kerslake (Chair of the Civic University Commission) Lord David Willetts (President – Resolution Foundation) and Sarah Davidson (CEO – … Continue reading “Civic Engagement, Universities and Inclusive Growth: Responding to COVID-19”

Economic Aspects of the COVID-19 Crisis in the UK: DELVE Report No. 5

Dr Chloe Billing looks into the importance of high-quality data and the impact having access to this can have on influencing decision making and policy. By way of example, she looks at the impact the recent DELVE report has had on supply chains and intraregional inequalities. On the 14th August, the DELVE initiative released their … Continue reading “Economic Aspects of the COVID-19 Crisis in the UK: DELVE Report No. 5”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 18th September 2020

This week, Coronavirus cases are rising and new regulations have been introduced to stop the spread of the virus, schools have returned but many are suffering temporary closures and universities are also opening. There has been significant disruption to testing nationally and the rise in cases has hampered the return to offices. Unemployment and claimant … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 18th September 2020”

The REDI Interview: The Role of Housebuilding in the UK’s Recovery From COVID-19

Welcome to the second edition of REDI Updates. Recently we spoke to the Rt Hon Chris Pincher MP, Housing Minister at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, about the role housebuilding has in the UK’s recovery from COVID-19. Here’s what he said: This has been the most testing period in recent history. But … Continue reading “The REDI Interview: The Role of Housebuilding in the UK’s Recovery From COVID-19”

Good Work and the COVID-19 Crisis

In this blog, Professor Anne Green looks at the concept of ‘Good Work’, exploring the varying definitions, and its impact on both employers and employees and what they can both do to influence the situation. Context In 2019 national employment rates rose to historically high levels. In Great Britain, the employment rate for 16-64 year … Continue reading “Good Work and the COVID-19 Crisis”