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04

Feb

Rough sleeping in London: Back to the old normal, not building back better

The effort to get rough sleepers off the streets during the Covid pandemic was ‘extraordinary’, and in some terms, extremely successful. However, the total number of…

  • Author: Rebecca Tunstall
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

28

Jan

After pensioners, vaccine rollout should focus on high-risk occupations and deprived local areas

Deaths related to Covid show inequalities for working-age people. Research published last week and this by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show how much the risk of dying…

  • Authors: Josh Holden, Peter Kenway
  • Category: Health

20

Jan

Why are so many claims for test and trace support being rejected?

Flagship BBC news programmes are highlighting that a huge number of applications are being rejected. We explained last week how a simple reform to the Test and Trace Support…

  • Authors: Peter Kenway, Josh Holden
  • Category: Health

12

Jan

Made in December: the severity of today’s crisis is because clear warning signs were simply ignored

In arguing that “England is now paying the price for the government’s failure to get ahead of the virus before Christmas”, Independent Sage member Gabriel Scally…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Health

04

Jan

Test and trace: paying the £500 to all workers who need it will show society’s support for those must self-isolate

The Test and Trace support payment should cease to be means-tested so as to reach all who need it. This is the second part of a two-part blog that looks at what is would take to…

  • Authors: Peter Kenway, Josh Holden
  • Category: Health

31

Dec

Missing in action: what’s wrong with the “test and trace support payment scheme” and how to fix it

The UK Government’s Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, ought to be a major weapon in the fight to keep Covid under control while we wait for the vaccines. Providing financial…

  • Authors: Josh Holden, Peter Kenway
  • Category: Health

13

Oct

The crisis in social care: who’d be a care worker?

Social care was overlooked in the early weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, forcing itself into the public domain as the mounting death toll in care homes made attention to it…

  • Authors: Achilleas Georgiou, Ahmet Oykener
  • Category: Health

03

Jun

The PHE report on why BAME groups are hit harder by Covid has been badly misunderstood

The eagerly-awaited report from Public Health England on Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19 provides crucial information in the search for an explanation of why Black…

  • Authors: Josh Holden, Peter Kenway
  • Category: Health

31

May

‘Excess saving’ in lockdown: a big new economic challenge

By Dan Corry, a formerTreasury and Downing Street economic adviser; Peter Kenway, Director of the New Policy Institute; and Steve Barwick, Director of DevoConnect Update: In…

  • Authors: Peter Kenway, Steve Barwick, Dan Corry
  • Category: Economic Policy

29

May

If BAME nurses are more likely to lack PPE than their white British colleagues, why – and what are the wider implications?

A new report from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) finds that black and minority ethnic (BAME) nurses are more likely to lack Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) than their white…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Services

13

May

So you’ve declared a climate emergency: what next – now that Covid has struck?

Alan Sitkin, now of Regent’s University, was previously Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Business at the London Borough of Enfield. In a world unrecognisable from two…

  • Author: Alan Sitkin
  • Category: Climate change

08

May

Excess deaths in the time of Covid show how wrong our understanding of this crisis has been

With the UK now at the top of the European deaths table for Covid-19, simple comparisons between headline numbers have little left to tell. Several researchers have turned their…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Older People

31

Mar

Self-isolation doesn’t work for crowded households – Government needs to take the WHO’s advice and respond

How hard is it to self-isolate at home? Not hard at all if you’re empty nesters with a choice of bedrooms to hide away in. But if you’re a family with no rooms to spare, and…

  • Authors: Josh Holden, Peter Kenway
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness