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Call for Evidence

Written submissions

The COVID-19 Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the long-term impact of the pandemic on the UK’s towns and cities.

The inquiry will consider how the last year has changed (or might, in future, change) inequalities between and within places, focusing on larger towns and on cities outside of the 12 core cities.[1]

 The inquiry will focus, in particular, on the long-term impact of the pandemic on:

  • Housing and green spaces
  • The changing nature of employment
  • Public transport

 We welcome written submissions on any or all of the questions below. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2021.

 Housing and green spaces

  1. What is the long-term impact of the pandemic likely to be on housing and green spaces in towns and cities?
  2. How might this increase, or decrease, inequalities within towns and cities?
  3. How might this increase, or decrease, inequalities between towns and cities?
  4. What action is needed from the UK Government, town and cities leaders, and others to mitigate the risk of any increasing inequalities?
  5. How could the UK Government, town and cities leaders, and others use their response to the pandemic to reduce inequalities in housing and green spaces?

The changing nature of employment

  1. How will the pandemic change the nature of employment? And what will be the long-term impact of this change on towns and cities?
  2. How might this increase, or decrease, inequalities within towns and cities?
  3. How might this increase, or decrease, inequalities between towns and cities?
  4. What action is needed from the UK Government, town and cities leaders, and others to mitigate the risk of any change in the nature of employment?
  5. How could the UK Government, town and cities leaders, and others use their response to the pandemic to reduce inequalities in employment?

Public transport

  1. What is the long-term impact of the pandemic likely to be on public transport in towns and cities?
  2. How might this increase, or decrease, inequalities within towns and cities?
  3. How might this increase, or decrease, inequalities between towns and cities?
  4. What action is needed from the UK Government, town and cities leaders, and others to mitigate the risk of any increasing inequalities?
  5. How could the UK Government, town and cities leaders, and others use their response to the pandemic to reduce inequalities in public transport?

 

Diversity comes in many forms and hearing a range of different perspectives means that committees are better informed and can more effectively scrutinise public policy and legislation. Committees can undertake their role most effectively when they hear from a wide range of individuals, sectors or groups in society affected by a particular policy or piece of legislation. We encourage anyone with experience or expertise of an issue under investigation by a select committee to share their views with the committee, with the full knowledge that their views have value and are welcome.

[1] London and the 11 Core Cities - https://www.corecities.com/cities

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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