What Coronavirus means for education, childcare and working parents

What Coronavirus means for education, childcare and working parents

 
 
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The closure of schools and childcare facilities have meant most parents currently have their children at home. Given the expectation that children won’t return to full time education for some time yet, this raises big questions over the quality of their education and the ability of their parents to juggle children learning from home as well as them being able to continue in paid work. Given previous, entrenched, gender inequalities, this also throws up the risk of reducing the participation of mothers in the labour market further. For lower income families, any loss of earnings could be catastrophic, and many of these parents will face additional challenges in terms of ensuring that their children have a supportive learning environment. This podcast covers many of these themes, with a focus on the experience of parents, particularly mothers, and builds on the themes covered in this report by Jenifer Johnston, one of our participants: https://reformscotland.com/2020/05/scotland-needs-a-virtual-school-jenifer-johnston/

Chair
Stuart McIntyre, Head of Research, FAI

Speakers
Emma Congreve, Knowledge Exchange Fellow, FAI
Jenifer Johnston, Public Affairs Expert
Tanya Wilson, Lecturer in Economics, University of Glasgow

Timestamps
(1:41) Overview of the report (Jenifer)
(3:34) Pre-crisis labour market inequalities and attainment gap and emerging picture (Tanya, Emma)
(11:48) Are there people falling between the cracks? (Jenifer)
(13:20) Discussion around potential for increased inequality (Tanya, Emma)
(21:33) Possible delivery model for education in next few months and implications (Jenifer)
(27:49) Looking ahead: risks, opportunities and policy (Jenifer, Tanya, Emma)
(39:10) Particular issues facing low income families (Emma)
(42:06) Wrap-up and what are the priorities that need addressing (Jenifer, Tanya)

May 29, 2020

Covid-19 and the devolved fiscal frameworks

Covid-19 and the devolved fiscal frameworks

 
 
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Mairi Spowage is joined by David Eiser from the FAI, Dr Ed Poole and Guto Ifan from the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University, and David Philips from the Institute For Fiscal Studies to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on devolved fiscal frameworks.

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May 26, 2020

Implications of the crisis on the Scottish economy – FAI webinar

Implications of the crisis on the Scottish economy – FAI webinar

 
 
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On Friday 15th May, the Fraser of Allander team hosted a webinar, giving an overview of the current economic situation, the impact of the pandemic and the immediate outlook for the Scottish economy.

The presentations focussed on the economic context, highlighting some key findings from research by the institute into both regional and sectoral impacts, and discussed the implications for households, including future trends in child poverty and inequality. The session concluded with a discussion of ‘what next’ – including the opportunities and risks facing Scotland over the longer-term, which was followed by a Q&A session.

Chair
Graeme Roy, Director, FAI

Speakers
Mairi Spowage, Deputy Director, FAI
Emma Congreve, Knowledge Exchange Fellow, FAI
Stuart McIntyre, Head of Research, FAI

Timestamps
(7:00) Mairi Spowage: What we know so far
(17:40) Emma Congreve: The impact on individuals and households
(25:45) Stuart McIntyre: The recovery and the long term challenges

(33:10) Q&A
(33:50) How will the fiscal framework be affected?
(43:35) What does the crisis mean for households, child poverty and universal basic income?
(52:15) What is the outlook for businesses in Scotland and what are the unemployment effects?
(56:30) What are the local and regional effects of the crisis and what is the outlook for local government?
(1:01:32) How will the crisis affect universities and colleges?
(1:07:50) What opportunities will there be for the economy and how can we support them?
(1:16:25) What are the implications for the construction sector and future house building?
(1:19:42) What are the long term implications for the care profession?
(1:22:29) How can companies be supported to support recovery?
(1:25:40) What does the current situation mean for Brexit?

May 22, 2020

Impacts of the crisis on the voluntary sector

Impacts of the crisis on the voluntary sector

 
 
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Mairi Spowage is joined by Ian Bruce, Chief Officer at the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS) and Jenny Paterson, CEO of Breakthrough, to discuss how the current pandemic is affecting the voluntary sector in Scotland. This includes the immediate impact on the sector of the crisis and how the sector has had to adapt in this unprecedented period. Policy measures to support the sector, the support that organisations are giving to each other, and the long-term impacts on the sector are discussed, including the role that the voluntary sector can have in supporting the economic recovery to come.

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Covid-19 and the Northern Ireland retail sector

Covid-19 and the Northern Ireland retail sector

 
 
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Ben Cooper is joined by Mairi Spowage, Deputy Director of the Institute and Aodhán Connolly, Director of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, to discuss how the current pandemic is affecting the retail sector in Northern Ireland. With an already turbulent number of years for the retail sector, we discuss what the impact of the CoVid-19 lockdown measures has been on the sector and how this differs in NI compared to the rest of the UK. We also discuss how Brexit will have an impact, and what the long term vision of the retail sector in Northern Ireland is.Continue reading

May 21, 2020