The government should move on from lockdown to levelling up.
The response to CV 19 has accelerated trends to more on line shopping, more homeworking and more remote delivery of services and entertainment.
This will require a renewal and revision to the policy of levelling up.
The great towns and cities outside London and the south east will need more help in rebuilding and transforming against the background of the damage done by lockdowns and closures.
The government needs to think about how it can assist the Councils and encourage the private sector to undertake the transformational work needed in town and city centres.
It is working on ways of making it easier for building owners to change the use of their property or to knock down and rebuild something better geared to the new circumstances.
It could propose partnerships with developers and property owners to remodel areas of towns and cities scarred by past and recent events, and to utilise any planning gain for the betterment of the area and the success of the project.
It is also going to take a better package to encourage self employment and the growth of small business. The Treasury’s instinct to tax them too much should be restrained.
It also needs more roll out of the government’s training and educational offers. The UK above all needs to encourage a new generation of technology specialists and entrepreneurs, as the future is digital.