Published: 6th Jul 2020

The city of Hull could be hit the hardest by the post-COVID-19 economic downturn and have the slowest recovery, according to a new report. The report by the think tank Social Market Foundation (SMF) names the areas, which it believes will be face the worst job losses and take the longest to recover from any downturn. It argues that the places facing the worst economic shock from the pandemic are mostly in London and the South East of England, but they will bounce back relatively quickly. Instead, the report says the places that face a severe economic shock and then a slow recovery are mostly away from London and include some of the ‘Red Wall’ constituencies that changed hands at the 2019 general election. It highlights Hull as the area in England which faces the worst economic impact and the slowest recovery, followed by Bradford and Walsall. ‘After the financial crisis, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)