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How coronavirus is impacting London

In association with Centre for London and the Centre for Urban Science and Progress London, the Policy Institute is bringing together the latest data in The London Intelligence  to show how the capital's economy and society are being affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Third edition – November

The third edition of The London Intelligence was published in November 2020 and found:

  • London’s labour market is experiencing a deeper crisis than the rest of the UK, with steeper falls in both the number of employees on payroll and new job postings.
  • Meanwhile private rents have dropped in central and most of inner London, but have held up and even increased in outer London.

Read the November 2020 edition >

Second edition – August

The second edition of The London Intelligence was published in August 2020 and found:

  • Many Londoners are staying local, with some evidence of a "suburban recovery".
  • Driving and cycling rates back to normal but public transport use still very low.
  • The economic impact of lockdown has been as severe in London as the rest of the country.

Read the August 2020 edition >

First edition – May

The first edition of The London Intelligence was published in May 2020 and found:

  • Mortality rates are higher in London compared to other UK cities.
  • Within London, higher death rates are linked to deprivation.
  • London has seen the biggest drop in business activity.
  • While whole sectors of London's economy are inactive, others remain open.
  • Recruitment has slowed markedly, but London's job market appears less affected than other regions.
  • Most Londoners are staying away from their workplaces and from public transport.
  • By international standards, London has seen a dramatic decline in movement.
  • Global travel restrictions have led to a substantial reduction in departures from London’s major airports.
  • Lockdown has reduced emissions, especially in central London locations.

Read the May 2020 edition >