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Commentary 17 June 2020
Building back better: the importance of a green stimulus
The Coronavirus pandemic-driven lockdown imposed across the UK has upended most aspects of day-to-day life. Whilst the economic cost of the lockdown is severe, one...
Commentary 12 June 2020
The role of Welsh local government in a post-Coronavirus world
The role that local government plays in the frontline provision of public services is highlighted and accentuated at times of crisis. Councils across Wales have...
Commentary 10 June 2020
Recovering from the Coronavirus pandemic: maintaining a legacy of volunteering
One of the few positive side effects of the pandemic has been the apparent eruption in volunteering we’ve seen across Welsh communities – both in...
Commentary 3 June 2020
Clapping after Coronavirus: The implications of the Coronavirus pandemic for health and social care workers
The Coronavirus pandemic has turned the world’s attention to the work of our carers. Each week, many of us have been clapping to recognise...
Commentary 27 May 2020
The implications of the Coronavirus pandemic for the Welsh economy
The Coronavirus pandemic is having a profound and unprecedented impact on the Welsh economy – an economy already weakened by retrenchment and austerity in the public...
Commentary 20 May 2020
When this is all over: Recovering from Coronavirus
‘When this is all over’ has to be one of the most over-used phrases of the Coronavirus pandemic.  But will it, in fact, ever be...
Commentary 12 May 2020
Can Research Apprenticeships open the door to a policy career?
The Wales Centre for Public Policy introduced the Research Apprenticeship scheme in 2017. The aim was to build the capacity of researchers to engage with policymakers...
Commentary 30 April 2020
Loneliness in Lockdown
Prior to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 16% of the Welsh population identified as lonely, and it is known that loneliness and social isolation present significant challenges...