By Majella Kilkey The ongoing pandemic has spotlighted the underlying fragility of England’s social care system. Much of the attention has been focused on residential care homes, in which the first wave of the pandemic saw an extraordinary number of excess deaths among residents. The majority of older people in England who receive care for… Continue reading ‘Ageing in place’: austerity, hostility and the pandemic
By Julie Walsh and Asma Khan It’s Monday 23rd March, and Boris Johnson broadcasts the historic statement: ‘From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home’. On April 1st – just a week later – we are due to start fieldwork for the ESRC… Continue reading Collaborative research: the potential of COVID contingencies.
By Lizzie Richardson Working lives have changed quite dramatically since the social distancing measures implemented in March as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the privileged minority who can continue to work from home, this period has in some cases provided an opportunity to get stuck into a backlog of working tasks that have… Continue reading Productivity: just common sense?
Dr Andrea Wigfield, Director Centre for Loneliness Studies, The University of Sheffield. Before the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people in the UK - nine million - of all ages, said they felt lonely, either always or often. However, the social distancing, self-isolation, and shielding measures put in place to protect lives, as well… Continue reading COVID-19 may widen and worsen loneliness