The following briefing provides an overview of current conditions in Ireland and the phases which hopefully will see Ireland move towards some sort of normality, whatever that will mean, for the foreseeable future.
International studies show a global decline in democracy since 2006. The current spread of ‘states of emergency’ in democratic and non-democratic countries runs a risk of eroding civil liberties even far beyond the end of the crisis. The pandemic is triggering discussions about permanent surveillance measures, the recentralisation of policies, and exceptional rules – even…
May 7th would have been the day that several English city-regions voted for a mayor; a choice that would have been based on both promises of candidates’ actions in office and a judgement of the incumbent mayor’s record in office – which would have been a milestone for a new model of governance in the…
The May 2020 elections were postponed in the UK, but other polls in other places have carried on. We cannot afford to postpone democracy forever, what should an election look like in the time of coronavirus?
With all polls currently postponed until 6 May 2021, just what are electoral administrators up to during this pandemic? Peter Stanyon, Chief Executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators, tells what they’re doing now and what they need to do to prepare for the next set of elections.
There were over 4,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in care homes in England in the two weeks up to 28 April. This briefing looks at the state of the social care sector pre-Covid, the impact that the virus has had on care homes and domiciliary care and what lessons need learning.
A testimony from a frontline social worker gives a firsthand account of the day-to-day and structural problems faced by those battling the crisis and for those most vulnerable at this time.
The disruption of the Covid-19 outbreak, and the urgent need to redirect attention and resources elsewhere, does not mean that planning responsibilities are on hold – but it does make their delivery substantially harder. This article draws together recent government announcements relating to planning during the outbreak.
Black and minority ethnic people and the poor are dying in disproportionate numbers from Covid-19. As the evidence mounts by the day will this pandemic mark a sea change in policy to tackle health inequalities in the future?