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.



Cities Outlook 2022: Centre for Cities report

The Centre for Cities has published research on the pandemic’s impact on urban high streets and their prospects for recovery. Covid-19 restrictions cost businesses a third of their potential takings and thousands of outlets have closed. Surprisingly, the pandemic hit stronger places the hardest, whereas weaker high streets have fared better.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing With case study
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Two years later – All is changed, changed utterly

This briefing looks at the experience of Covid-19 in Ireland and reflects on the role played by the local authorities while also looking towards the future and the impending challenges that now face local government in light of recent events in Ukraine.

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February Global Local think tank review

The best of the rest. A survey of the freshest thinking on local democracy and governance and all the issues impacting local government worldwide.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Resilience at the heart of the community

We chatted with Cllr Euan Jardine, winner of the Resilience and Recovery award at the Scottish Cllr Awards 2021, to discuss the fundamental role of community-level action during the pandemic and what he hopes to accomplish next.

Scotland Blog Post Blog

How can local governments address social isolation?

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, social isolation was already a complex, escalating issue.  This briefing looks at social isolation, as distinct from loneliness, and how governments can address it moving forward.

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The impact of Covid-19 on local government in Ireland

This is the latest briefing in our finance series that examines the national Value For Money (VFM) reports produced by the Local Government Audit Service (LGAS) in Ireland with a particular focus on the impact of Covid-19 on Irish local government.

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January 2022 Global Local think tank review

Think tanks around the globe are looking at issues of community wellbeing, the health of democracy, use of AI and more. Get an overview of the latest thinking and research on local government.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Early years and childcare round-up February 2022

The next instalment of our early years and childcare round-up focuses on recent research publications and what they show about the state of the sector, including the loss of provision during the pandemic and its impact on young children – especially those from a disadvantaged background.

England & Wales Briefing

Keeping our schools safe from Covid-19

Over the past two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has had an enormous effect on the education of children and young people. Going forward, the question on everyone’s mind in the education field is how can we keep our schools safe from Covid-19?

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

Supporting our high streets after Covid-19 – a report from the DLUHC committee

Even before Covid-19, UK high streets faced an uncertain future. Reversing decline on the high street is a growing policy priority and will be a key measure of the success of ‘levelling up’. A recent report from the Levelling Up, Housing & Communities committee takes stock of the issues.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing