The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and The Democracy Collaborative (TDC) have published two reports that urge a new approach to economic development. The briefing summarises the two reports and comments on the policy implications.
The ONS has published an analysis of Covid-19 related deaths in different occupational groups. We summarise the findings and consider their implications for managing the crisis, especially the phased return to work, and what data like this can tell us about existing social and economic divisions in our society.
This briefing looks at how Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and governments responded quickly and decisively to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities from COVID-19, and considers immediate and longer-term implications for remote communities.
The UK2070 Commission’s final report on spatial inequalities in the UK presents a 10-point action plan for a new economic plan and connectivity revolution. Previous government policy has been insufficient so the government needs to ‘go big or go home’, especially in the context of the Covid-19 crisis and recovery.
Catherine McGuigan, National Programme Lead at Age Friendly Ireland, writes here on the innovative practices and initiatives taking place around Ireland in response to Covid-19 based on an Age Friendly Ireland report.
Richard Kerley, Professor of Management at Queen Margaret University, writes on the importance of judging governance of this crisis by actions and outcomes, looking at specifics rather than rhetoric. He also outlines 10 ideas for councils to consider for recovery.
As we start thinking about the recovery phase there will be an opportunity to fundamentally rethink the way things are done and consider radical change, with an emphasis on strategic thinking and not just strategic planning. This swift read makes some key points about culture change.
During the coronavirus crisis, food access and food poverty have been urgent issues for local authorities across the UK. This swift read addresses how local authorities might consider informing their approach to food in the future.
Following unprecedented levels of walking and cycling in the last couple of months, attention is now turning to the important role that active travel will play as the lockdown is eased but there is a continued need to avoid public transport wherever possible.
Professor James Mitchell writes on how Scotland and England together can evaluate the changes that need to be made regarding public services in the light of the Covid-19 crisis.