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Town and city leaders to discuss pandemic’s impact with Lords COVID-19 Committee

8 July 2021

On Tuesday 13 July, the COVID-19 Committee explores the long-term impact of the pandemic on towns and cities, with town and city leaders.

Over the last three weeks, the Committee has discussed the long-term impact of the pandemic on housing and green spaces, employment and the economy, and public transport in towns and cities. The Committee has heard the views of think-tanks, businesses, estate agents, town planners, transport providers, academics and passenger representatives. Now, the Committee will hear from town and city leaders.

In this session, the Committee will consider the biggest long-term consequences of the pandemic for towns and cities, and how these might change plans and priorities for the future of towns and cities. The session will also explore how the pandemic’s impact on towns and cities will affect different communities, impact existing inequalities and risk creating new inequalities. Members are also eager to learn more about witnesses’ long-term vision for high streets and towns and cities more widely, and specific recommendations about the support needed from the UK Government to deliver the priorities and plans for post-pandemic towns and cities.

Witnesses

At 9.45am, the Committee will hear evidence from:

  • Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  • Carl Smith, Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council
  • Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council
  • Lucille Thompson, Leader of Winchester City Council

Themes for discussion

  • The biggest long-term consequences of the pandemic for towns and cities;
  • The changes made to the long-term plans and priorities for individual towns and cities to tackle the impacts of the pandemic;
  • The long-term vision for high streets;
  • Any exciting changes or innovations that may help to regenerate towns and cities post-pandemic;
  • The potential for the pandemic to exacerbate existing inequalities or create new inequalities; and
  • The support needed from the UK Government to deliver the priorities and plans for post-pandemic towns and cities.

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