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.


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Public libraries and leisure services: survival and mapping out their role in recovery

Many leisure facilities find themselves in a challenging position financially, but both libraries and leisure services are well placed to support the recovery of local places. We examine the current landscape, how public library and leisure services have adapted to Covid-19, and the strategic issues and challenges ahead.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing under Covid-19

Background One in eight (12.8%) children and young people aged between five and 19, surveyed in England in 2017 had a mental health disorder (NHS Digital, November 2018). Children with a persistent mental health problem face unequal chances in life. The Children’s Commissioner announced a crisis in children’s mental health in 2017 with most local…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Bundle: Covid-19 and lessons on public health

One of the most difficult areas for central and local government has been understanding the evidence about how Covid-19 is spread, its differential impacts and what are the most effective measures to manage the pandemic. This bundle draws together our work on public health learning arising from Covid-19.

England & Wales, Scotland Publication

Hey Ofqual, leave those kids alone

Can we just give young people a break, asks Jane Sankarayya. The downgrading of exam results is mean spirited and petty at this point in time.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

LGIU Fortnightly 6 August: Food security and access

Ingrid Koehler and Jennifer Glover present our latest episode of LGIU Fortnightly, this week covering food security and access during the pandemic. We hear from Naomi Phillips of British Red Cross about their new report looking into the UK’s emergency response to food insecurity during the Covid-19 crisis, as well as Jane Corbett, Assistant Mayor…

England & Wales Podcast Blog
Members & Global Local

Project Ireland 2040: Building Ireland’s future?

Background Ireland experienced the start of an economic boom during the second half of the 1990s. Unemployment rates fell from 14% in 1994 to less than 4% in 2000 and per capita incomes and outputs reached EU averages. Despite this very impressive performance, disparities between and within regions in Ireland remained. The Greater Dublin Area…

Ireland Briefing
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Swift Read: Nudge, fudge and sludge – behavioural insights and Covid-19

Nudge theory has been influential in policymaking over the last decade. Various governments have used nudges in responding to Covid-19, though this has sometimes been controversial. This briefing shows how the UK’s response has been characterised by ‘nudge’, the removal of bureaucratic ‘sludge’ and the occasional policy ‘fudge’.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing
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Covid-19 and charities: what lies ahead for the sector?

Charities provide vital services and are part of the social fabric, but Covid-19 has left many organisations fighting for survival. A UK parliamentary inquiry recently heard evidence from sector representatives and made recommendations to government. How does the Chancellor’s package of support measure up and what’s next for the sector?

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Returning to school: challenges and considerations

On the 30 July 2020, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon officially confirmed that schools in Scotland would be re-opening for the autumn term on Tuesday 11 August. This briefing will outline the guidance offered, as well as considering the wider effects on young people of being out of education for so long, and further calls and…

Scotland Briefing