Ep. 30 How Covid has affected our high streets, Lahari Ramuni, Centre for Cities

In this episode of Public Sector Voices, Lahari Ramuni from Centre for Cities discusses their High street recovery tracker to monitor how the high street has been affected by Covid and how it can be used to help the economy get back on its feet again.

By monitoring footfall in the city centres, Centre for Cities has analysed whether government policy has worked, where it has worked and try to fathom why it has worked in some areas and not others. Regional approaches may be needed when putting policies in place designed to get people back spending on the high street.

Lahari talks about the “role for local authorities in terms of curating the offer of high streets”, by making sure that they plan their high streets around what their residents want in order to ensure a successful, thriving high street.

Lahari also discusses how high streets may have to change after Covid has shown us that “the work from home experience has taught a lot of us that there’s parts of our jobs that are better done from the office,” but similarly, there are things that work better working from home.

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Ep 48. Achieving Net Zero - Cllr Abdul Jabbar - Oldham Council

As central government aims for the UK to be net zero by 2050, councils around the country make plans for how to reduce emissions. This episode’s guest, Oldham’s Councillor Abdul Jabbar outlines the importance of coming together to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint, the benefits of achieving net zero, and how Oldham Council are working to do just that.
 

Touching on the role that the public sector can play in sustainability, Cllr Jabbar said:
 

“I think it’s really important that the public sector gives true leadership in this space. I think something like one third of the carbon emissions in the country come from the public sector, so obviously we’re a big polluter in terms of the emissions.”
 

Councillor Jabbar also spoke about challenges being faced by organisations:
 

“I think the biggest one has been finance. Clearly the local government sector in particular has had its grants cut from central government by a huge amount and that’s had a very big impact in terms of our plans to take forward projects in relation to climate change, so that’s a major issue.”
 

To hear what Cllr Jabbar has to say about the mission to achieve net zero carbon emissions, listen to the latest episode of the Public Sector Executive Podcast.

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