West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 23rd July 2021

This week England has opened up, lifting most of the restrictions in place to date. This has been met with mixed reviews, especially as Covid-19 cases are rising. It remains to be seen what impact opening up has overall and how public perceptions and behaviour unfold over the coming weeks. The UK has seen a … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 23rd July 2021”

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 July 2021

This week the UK has seen a resurgence in infection rates, and the daily new cases confirmed in the UK are now the highest out of the selected European countries. This comes as vaccination rates per day in the UK fall and social distancing rules are relaxed, including the re-opening of pubs; which are seeing … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 9th July 2021”

Four propositions for the Much-Anticipated Levelling Up White Paper

Will Rossiter,  Anne Green and Rebecca Riley discuss new research that identifies a number of challenges for the upcoming Levelling Up White Paper.  Recent research from City-REDI/ WMREDI at the University of Birmingham and Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University on the geography and functioning of places and the institutions, practice and policies associated … Continue reading “Four propositions for the Much-Anticipated Levelling Up White Paper”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 25th June 2021

This week’s Monitor shows how, generally, the world economy is picking up with pent up demand starting to be released as countries unlock. However, in the UK this week there are stark warnings about the food and drink industry facing labour shortages, especially in fresh food and haulage. This is mainly due to the impact … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 25th June 2021”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 11th June 2021

This week’s monitor looks at the delayed GVA statistics for 2019, where the region’s growth was lower than expected. Many indicators and surveys are pointing to an emerging recovery, but it is highly dependent on the opening up of the cities and high streets. Published research is turning to the opening up of cities and … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 11th June 2021”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 28th May 2021

This week ONS released the latest GVA (for 2018-2019): the UK average was 3.5% GVA growth. WMCA GVA grew by 1.99% to £106.7bn in 2019, which is lower than expected for that year by many forecasters (Oxford Economics had forecast £110.8bn and are currently revising their forecasts). The Black Country grew by 1.29% to £22.3bn … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 28th May 2021”

The Future of UK Employment in a Post-Pandemic World

Dr Abigail Taylor and Ben Harrison analyse the impact of the COVID-19 on employment to date before discussing what the future might hold. It also introduces the Social Policy Association’s ‘Employment Policy in Context’ group, explaining the group’s aims, plans for the coming year and how to get involved. This blog was first posted on … Continue reading “The Future of UK Employment in a Post-Pandemic World”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 14th May 2021

This week we welcome Andy Street back as Mayor. Following the easing of restrictions, signs of recovery and opening up may signal a new positive phase in the pandemic. We are also pleased to let readers know that the WMCA approach through the Monitor and the State of the Region has received recognition from the … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 14th May 2021”

Active Labour Market Policy in a Post-Covid UK: Moving Beyond a ‘Work First’ Approach

On the 21st of April, City-REDI in conjunction with the Social Policy Association’s Employment Policy in Context policy group presented a webinar featuring Dr Katy Jones from the Centre for Decent Work and Productivity at Manchester Metropolitan University. The seminar, which explored “Active labour market policy in a post-Covid UK: Moving Beyond a ‘Work First’ … Continue reading “Active Labour Market Policy in a Post-Covid UK: Moving Beyond a ‘Work First’ Approach”