How and when to reduce lockdown restrictions is a pressing issue: what should decide whether a country’s lockdown should be relaxed, and when and how, and who should be making the decisions. There is no blueprint – each country has different criteria and political and social context.
Covid-19 has had a systematic and profound impact on our health and wellbeing, particularly affecting those living with addiction. This briefing explains the reciprocal relationships between living with addiction and Covid-19 and the importance of dealing with addiction in local government policy responses.
This briefing is the first in a two-part series examining the impact of the current economic shutdown on vulnerable workers, drawing on analysis of labour market characteristics to identify the types of communities and sectors that are uniquely vulnerable.
We look here not just at what councils are being asked to do during the crisis, but the scale of the problem based on snapshot statistics filed by local authorities last autumn.
This briefing provides a review of the ‘Health in All Policies’ approach, which has been identified as one way for local government to improve health outcomes at the local level.
Ireland’s status as the first ‘Age Friendly’ country is indicative of the commitment that exists in all partners, as led by the local government sector. Covid-19 is a virus that disproportionately affects older people, so Age Friendly structures are key to providing an effective response, as explored in this briefing.
Liam Hanrahan, Head of Community Engagement, outlines how Mayo County Council’s Community Engagement Team are coordinating the overall response to the Covid-19 crisis, unifying all the Mayo efforts into a comprehensive network.
The Coronavirus Act 2020 has wide implications for businesses, individuals and public authorities and has introduced unprecedented emergency powers, not seen outside a war. This briefing provides a summary of and comment on the Act, focusing in particular on the provisions relating to social care.
This briefing provides an overview of what councils and partners are doing, at huge speed, to mobilise volunteers and set up community hubs and provides suggestions and examples of good practice.
We will be publishing regular finance round-ups over this period – covering developments relating to Covid-19 but also other finance announcements. This is the first round-up.