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Lords COVID-19 Committee to hear from more town and city leaders

15 July 2021

On Tuesday 20 July, the COVID-19 Committee will again explore the long-term impact of the pandemic on towns and cities, with town and city leaders.

The Committee has already discussed the long-term impact of the pandemic on housing and green spaces, employment and the economy, and public transport in towns and cities, with think-tanks, businesses, estate agents, town planners, transport providers, academics and passenger representatives. It then heard the views of the leaders of Bradford Council, Great Yarmouth Council, the Highland Council and Winchester Council. Now, the Committee will hear from a second panel of 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 impact existing inequalities and risk creating new inequalities. Members are 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:

  • Stephen Martin, Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
  • Hazel Simmons MBE, Leader of Luton Borough Council
  • Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea 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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