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West of England Regional Recovery Taskforce – Our priorities

West of England Regional Recovery Taskforce – Our priorities 2020-11-02T16:21:51+00:00

Our priorities

In developing our plan for regional recovery, we identified five key principles:

  • Getting residents back to work: supporting training, redeployment and access to jobs
  • Green recovery supporting the region’s carbon objectives and embedding environmental behaviour change
  • Strengthening inclusion of people in the hardest hit places and communities
  • Rebuilding business: strengthening innovation and trade, and encouraging start-ups and growth in sectors of opportunity
  • Renewing places, ensuring transport and digital access to work, and building resilience and attractiveness in hard-hit places.

The Taskforce also focussed on nine discussion topics:

  1. Job losses at all skill levels and stages of working lives: Flexible re-training and redeployment opportunities to support residents to move into areas of job growth
  2. Providing young people with training and/or employment opportunities: Flexible skills/education/work experience; reconsidering further and higher education and apprenticeships
  3. Accelerated digital transformation: Improve digital access and skills particularly for excluded communities, identifying growth opportunities
  4. Positive green recovery to embed a behavioural change and also improvement in air quality.  Embed change and avoid a shift back to old behaviours to encourage a reset in the ‘new normal’.
  5. Disadvantaged and deprived communities have been hardest hit: Targeted initiatives to reduce inequality gaps, including skills, enterprise, transport, health, digital access
  6. Reduced footfall in city / town centres: Build community confidence with clear messages about staying safe, make public transport as safe as possible, support regrowth/repurposing of town and city centres
  7. Region’s unique cultural draw compromised by lockdown: Support adaptation and resilience of leisure / cultural assets to retain attractiveness as a vibrant, diverse and creative place with a strong sense of community
  8. Job losses across the business base including in high volume employment sectors: Drive business adaptation and resilience, nurture start-ups and scale-ups and identify new sector growth opportunities (including low carbon)
  9. Contraction of key, high skilled, industries that are important to the region: Identify and capture high value growth opportunities, stimulate innovation, attract inward investment and redeploy high skilled workers


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