Topic: Covid-19

How councils and communities are dealing with the pandemic and emerging on the other side. All content is free to access but may require registration.


Central-local government relations are becoming the principal site of conflict in the politics of the pandemic

In the latest of our Post-Covid Councils framework, this time looking at the location of power, Joseph Ward, Doctoral Researcher in POLSIS at the University of Birmingham, outlines how dealing with Covid-19 and the implementation of local lockdowns has shifted power in the central-local government relationship and how local and regional governments might intervene on…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

Oireachtas review: September 2020

September saw the Government launch its ‘Living with Covid’ Plan and by early October had put all counties on Level 3 restrictions.  This briefing provides an overview of Oireachtas activity in September which was largely Covid-19 focused, including the Criminal Justice (Enforcement Powers) (Covid-19) Act 2020, Dying with Dignity Bill, Sick Leave and Parental Leave…

Ireland Briefing

Three tier system: deja vu or a new dawn?

Janet Sillett breaks down the new three tier Covid-19 alert system after the Prime Minister’s recent announcement and the consequent implications for local governments.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

Swift Read: Europe economic relief: the next stage of Covid-19 recovery

This Autumn, UK government will begin to replace the furlough policy with a new job support scheme. In this briefing, Patrick Jowett examines European approaches to short-run economic recovery and the centrality of local government integration and autonomy in these examples.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Poverty and the pandemic

People on low incomes in the UK have been disproportionately impacted by the health and economic impacts of Covid-19 and this may get worse as the economic crisis deepens. This briefing summarises some of the recent research on poverty and the pandemic and highlights potential policy implications.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Central government needs to stand back

As the country faces the fall-out from Brexit, a second wave and limited funding for councils, Jonathan Carr-West predicts doom and gloom this autumn if central government doesn’t stand back and allow local government to take the lead in his latest column for the Municipal Journal.

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‘Local lockdowns’: where, why and are they working?

Every day there seems to be new local restrictions imposed across the UK and there have been new national measures too. Will they work? What is the evidence so far and have they made enforcement more complex? We look at the current state of play here.

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Planning for retail: The implications of COVID-19

This briefing explores the changing nature of retail and the implications for land use planning in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and will be of interest to those in land use planning, economic development, along with councillors and CEOs.

Australia Briefing