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    What will a COVID-19 public inquiry look like and what might it conclude?

What will a COVID-19 public inquiry look like and what might it conclude?

Nick Dickinson draws on previous inquiries to discuss what a public one into the COVID-19 crisis may look like. He concludes that while an inquiry into the government’s response may be necessary for evaluating what went right and what went wrong, an inquiry should nonetheless not be seen as inevitable nor the most useful way to provide accountability.

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    The economic response to COVID-19 is not austerity: Four pillars for strong public finances

The economic response to COVID-19 is not austerity: Four pillars for strong public finances

Carsten Jung writes that the Treasury needs to provide a sustainable stimulus to prevent another Great Depression and explains why the UK can afford to borrow big in order to do so. He stresses that central bank support will be critical, but this should be reduced once the economy has recovered, and that Rishi Sunak needs to outline a […]

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    Digital by default: the new normal of family life under COVID-19

Digital by default: the new normal of family life under COVID-19

Sonia Livingstone discusses the potential consequences of families’ reliance on technology during the COVID-19 crisis. She concludes that life under lockdown has the potential to either hasten a digital future in which our lives are tracked and monetised in unprecedented ways, or make the public more aware of such risks and thus resistant to all things digital.

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    After the lockdown is lifted: the massive challenges facing the UK government

After the lockdown is lifted: the massive challenges facing the UK government

Rather than following other European countries in enforcing a very strict lockdown, the UK government chose to encourage people to self-isolate by stressing the cost to their lives and the NHS. It was effective – but now the message has been internalised, warns Tony Travers, it may prove difficult to persuade them to venture out again. Yet the cost […]

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    Foreign-born, working dangerously, and earning less: the UK’s key workers

Foreign-born, working dangerously, and earning less: the UK’s key workers

Jeevun Sandher paints a profile of the UK’s key workers. He explains how these people, a significant proportion of whom were not born in the UK, have spent the last decade earning less and being treated worse than other workers.

The first doctor to die of COVID-19 as it began to flow through these shores was not born in the […]

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    Public attitudes and the management of the COVID-19 crisis: the importance of personal responsibility

Public attitudes and the management of the COVID-19 crisis: the importance of personal responsibility

John Connolly draws on new survey data to argue that the UK public have a strong sense of individual responsibility when it comes to containing the spread of the virus and resolving the crisis. He also finds that the decisions of governmental actors at multiple levels are generally perceived as positive, but warns that clear communication from government is […]

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    COVID-19 and Higher Education: some of the effects on students and institutions and how to alleviate them

COVID-19 and Higher Education: some of the effects on students and institutions and how to alleviate them

Monica Langella discusses some potential negative effects of the pandemic on higher education, particularly those pertaining to online assessment, university offers, and labour market outcomes. She offers evidence-based suggestions for how these impacts may be mitigated.

After some initial uncertainty, higher education institutions in the UK switched to online teaching in March, not without some debate accompanying the decision. Even […]

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    How to mitigate the risk of psychological injury to COVID-19 frontline workers

How to mitigate the risk of psychological injury to COVID-19 frontline workers

Jennifer Brown and Yvonne Shell discuss the possibility of healthcare workers experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and other similar conditions as a result of dealing with COVID-19. They write that the antidote includes clarity in chain of command, effective supplies of equipment, and good communication.

A perfect storm is gathering for the experience of psychological consequences by frontline staff during this […]