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We are in the midst of a global pandemic which is both a health emergency and an unprecedented economic shock. This is a time when local government really matters. Our plan must protect jobs and address the immediate threats to lives and livelihoods, but it must also reset the local economy to address structural inequalities in our city and place a fairer and greener future at the heart of our recovery.

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This is about getting things done, having clear goals backed up by a robust plan. But a good plan is no good unless it unites people in a common purpose. 


So this is also a call to action, to do what Plymouth does best, to pull together to face an unprecedented challenge.

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Core objectives 

A strong recovery 

There are things that we need to do right now, protecting jobs and supporting hard hit sectors. We need a plan that will manage the health risk and reduce the immediate economic impact. 

A better future

But it’s not enough to just reduce the harm, we need to face the change, we need a plan that looks to the future so we end up further ahead, not back where we started, with a greener and fairer city.

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Comprehensive response

Acute response

Some of the challenges we face are immediate and acute. Effective support, strong advocacy and focused intervention have to be our first priority and this needs to continue for as long as it takes.

Analyse and reflect

Our response must be built on clear analysis, active monitoring and robust scenario planning. We need to be ready for a second wave or choppier waters with contingencies that will deliver our objectives in any event.

Effective recovery 

This is where we make it count, through a coordinated response, targetted resource and collective action. We have prepared for a marathon not a sprint so we can maintain momentum over the long haul.

Lasting legacy

The recovery programme must build on the legacy of past projects, leverage existing plans and leave a long-term legacy. So we can get back to the ‘new normal’ of a more inclusive and resilient economy.

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Six key pillars

Sector action plans

Every sector will have unique challenges. We have set up sector taskforces to work with sector leaders and groups to deliver focused and tailored support.

Build 4 Plymouth

We can help stimulate recovery by accelerating big construction, building and infrastructure projects that will create jobs and build  foundations for future prosperity.

City centre renaissance

Covid-19 has accelerated existing trends, the clear direction of travel is towards a mixed use city centre and a more locally distinctive offer for all the people of Plymouth.

Spend 4 Plymouth

By focusing on the importance of spending our pounds in Plymouth and maximising the benefits, not only to the economy, but to the society and environment in Plymouth we can support local jobs and opportunities.

Recovery beacons

These are the transformational projects that will symbolise our recovery and set the direction for positive change in the local economy and life of the city. 

Skills 4 Plymouth

We need to help our people to gain the skills they need to meet the demand of our local employers and sectors as an aid to recovery and to address future skills demands.  ​

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A central thread

Sustainability and resilience

Covid-19 presents an immediate threat to lives and livelihoods. We must act decisively, but we must also act purposefully. Through this Economic Recovery Plan we will address the immediate threat but also address a global climate emergency and growing social inequality. We invite all the people of Plymouth to help shape this response and a vision of a better future.

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