We’re still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and the data is making it clearer that the impact isn’t hitting all of us equally. At the same time, the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in the US has sparked worldwide protests and calls for systemic change. In the midst of this, councils are planning for health and economic recovery in a climate of financial uncertainty and economic loss. We interviewed Bristol’s Mayor Marvin Rees shortly before the toppling of the statue of slaver Edward Colston about Covid-19, recovery, democracy and racial justice and Swindon council leader Councillor David Renard about the financial pressures that threaten to choke economic recovery in local communities.
Hosted by Jennifer Glover and Ingrid Koehler
Links mentioned in the podcast or referred to indirectly:
- Core Cities UK voices ‘profound concern’ over situation in United States
- We are Bristol (for kids)
- We’re all in the same storm, but not in the same boat: the long last health equity impacts of Covid-19
- Covid-19: Government needs to get specific about protecting BAME people
- Covid-19: It’s not equal in the end
- Black lives matter: how councils can support racial justice in a global pandemic.
- Covid-19 has the potential to scar employment prospects for years to come
- The gender effect: Covid-19 and the impact on women
- Covid-19: Vulnerability of Indigenous Australians not a new phenomenon
- Finance roundup: Government support for local authorities during Covid-19: is it enough?
- Post-Covid Councils
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