Insight e-bulletin – February 2023

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Insight e-bulletin February 2023

In this issue:

Coventry city centre empty shop units report – Q4 2022

Source:  Insight, Coventry City Council

The quarterly empty shops survey of Coventry city centre's prime retail area took place in January 2023, a total of 53 shops units were counted as empty. This means that the total number of empty units is three higher than it was it was in the last survey in Q3 2022. 

Read the full report

Cities Outlook - understanding UK cities economic performance

Source: Centre for Cities

Centre for Cities has launched Cities Outlook 2023 Report, it provides a deep dive into the latest economic data on the UK's cities and largest towns, allowing us to see how Coventry compares to other places. This year's  publication focuses on the scale and geography of economic inactivity across the country. 

Centre for Cities Data Tool that allows you to explore and compare the latest economic data on UK's 63 cities and largest towns are performing against a wide range of indicators, including population to business start-ups.

Some insights for Coventry:

  • Since March 2020, the unemployment claimant count rate has increased from 3.13% of Coventry's working age residents to 5.31% in November 2022. Coventry ranks 5 out of 63.
  • CO2 Emissions per Capita (tons), it has decreased to 3.0 in 2022 from 3.65 in 2018. Coventry ranks 53 out of 63.
  • Housing Stock change from 2020 to 2021 is 0.4%. Coventry ranks 57 out of 63.

Additionally, Centre for Cities have estimated how inflation rates differ across UK cities. You can explore this using their Cost of living tracker. You can also explore the latest unemployment claims statistics here: UK Unemployment Tracker and compare cities and larger towns.

Coventry inflation rate was 10.7% in January 2023, it has increased by 4.9% since January 2022.


Cost of living

Coventry Climate Change Strategy 2023 -2030

Source: Climate change, Coventry City Council

We want to hear from people who live, work or study in Coventry, we need your views on the city’s draft climate change strategy 

The draft strategy sets out the foundations for creating a sustainable zero carbon city.

The strategy supports the delivery of the city’s One Coventry Plan, which includes tackling the causes and consequences of climate change as one of its three key priorities.

Read the draft climate change strategy, give us your views by filling in our survey and find out more about opportunities to get involved in an engagement session on Let’s Talk Coventry.  

 This is a real chance for you to get involved and have your say on the draft Coventry Climate Change Strategy.

If you’d like any more information or you have any questions, please contact us at

If you would like to request a paper copy of the survey or need this information in another format or language then please contact us on 08085 834333.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts.