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The impact of COVID-19 on towns and cities explored by Committee

24 May 2021

The COVID-19 Committee launches its new inquiry on the impact of the pandemic on towns and cities.


Following its work exploring the long-term impact of our increasing reliance on digital technology on our social and economic wellbeing, and its latest inquiry on the long-term impact of the pandemic on parents and families, the Committee has decided to concentrate on the future of large towns and smaller cities for its next inquiry.


The Committee is seeking evidence on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the dynamic within large towns and smaller cities, and the resulting impact on inequality. In particular, the Committee is keen to learn more about the impact of the pandemic on housing and green spaces, the changing nature of employment and public transport within large towns and smaller cities, and how this may increase or decrease inequality. The Committee would also like to understand more about developing and implementing an innovative vision for the future of towns and cities, and how we can create more equal towns and cities in future.

More information about the questions that the Committee is hoping to explore is contained in the call for evidence, which can be found by clicking on the link at the top of this page.


The Committee intends to hear oral evidence in June and July; the closing date for written submissions is 30 June.

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