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The shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic: opportunities and challenges

One of the early and ongoing impacts of COVID-19 has been the forced shift to working from home for large proportions of the workforce. This briefing looks at the occupations and spatial patterns of remote workers in Australia and the trend’s possible implications for the future of work and the future of cities.

Australia
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What can we learn from Central Coast Council’s financial troubles?

Mark Davies explores what happened to the finances of Central Coast Council, where responsibilities lie when it comes to understanding a local government’s finances, and the implications for local governments more broadly.

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Covid-19 local communications: principles and effectiveness

Getting communications right during the pandemic has been sometimes difficult for central government. Local government has had a better record. What has been working well and what principles can underpin effectiveness?

England & Wales, Scotland
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Stories of shielding

The first national lockdown earlier in the year meant many people were subject to shielding across the UK. What were their experiences of shielding? With the new English lockdown about to start and local lockdowns across the UK what are the lessons we can learn from their stories?

England & Wales, Scotland
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EU-UK future relationship: negotiation endgame

What are the remaining negotiation issues between the EU and the UK? We look here at the endgame for the negotiations, the related debate on the UK internal market, and questions surrounding the end of the transition.

England & Wales, Scotland