Heseltine Institute Policy Briefing 014

Policy Briefing 014, 'After COVID-19: Is Liverpool Still Beyond or Back on the Brink?', reflects on the Liverpool COVID-19 story so far. Written by Professor Michael Parkinson, the briefing surveys the damage that COVID-19 has done to the key drivers of the local economy; considers the response of city leaders to the crisis; and examines whether Liverpool is now back on the brink of disaster, as it was in the 1980s.

In an argument elaborated at greater length in an accompanying paper, the briefing paper concludes that, despite the sudden and severe shock of COVID-19, Liverpool remains in a better position than it was in the 1980s, thanks in large part to two decades of extraordinary renaissance. Its economy is more diverse, its people more resilient, and its leadership stronger.

And whilst the briefing paper concedes that there will be numerous challenges for the city to overcome as it looks to recover — some new, others pre-existing — there are also, the paper contends, a number of reasons to be hopeful, especially if the city continues with the right policies and wins government support for its vision of a post-COVID recovery.

Access this Policy Briefing here: Policy Brief 014 : Is Liverpool Still Beyond or Back on the Brink?