Towards A New Normal: how the UK can build a recovery out of its current challenges

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FORMBY, U.K. - July 21, 2020 - PRLog -- 'Things are not going back to normal. Things were changing anyway and now C-19 has given them a good push. It has also produced an enormous economic and fiscal shock that adds a terrible seriousness to the situation. We must now look towards a new normal not try to reinvent the past.'

In his most recent article on Covid-19 and Brexit David Fellows examines what the UK Government should do to shape the future.

He examines the increase in  the use of digital communication in business and private life leading to the rejection of commuter and long distance travel. He looks at how this could impact London, reducing office space and support services, possibly prompting business and domestic relocations to the regions. He considers how such trends could support the Government's commitment to revitalise regional economies as pledged in the recent general election that gave the final impetus to Brexit.

He suggests that there is a need to develop a more self-sufficient economy at the present time given the vulnerability of international supply chains and identifies measures that could help invigorate business activity in the regions while retaining a commitment to build new global trading alliances in the longer-term.

Finally he suggests that the experience of the Covid-19 tragedy offers the Government numerous lessons of relevance to engaging the public in the recovery programme. He stresses the need for the Government to take full responsibility for getting across its messages on economic renewal but emphasises that there is no quick fix. The situation must be worked through relentlessly over the course of several parliaments.

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About the Author

David Fellows is a public financial management and digital communication expert and a director of PFMConnect. Previously he worked at a senior level in UK local government and in the Cabinet Office as an advisor on local government reform. He has written pieces on public financial management and digital communication for the World Policy Journal, the IMF, the Australian National University and USAID.

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PFMConnect Ltd is dedicated to improving public financial management (PFM) and public service governance with a particular interest in international development. The company has a range of non-financial expertise to complement its PFM core and promotes the use of digital technology to improve public service delivery and citizen engagement..

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