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

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

Covid-19 and the Rural Economy

Covid-19 and the Rural Economy

 
 
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Emma Congreve is joined by Professor Andrew Barnes and Steven Thomson from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to discuss how the current pandemic is affecting the rural economy. Covid-19 has provided farmers and the domestic food supply chain with many challenges, and these differ by sector and within sector. Another key plank of the rural economy, tourism, has seen demand disappear. Whilst many of the effects of Covid-19 will be the same in both rural and urban sectors, the predominance of these sectors in these areas presents particular challenges and perhaps opportunities. Covid-19 has emerged at the same time as uncertainty over future trade relations and financial support for agriculture post-Brexit. In the final part of the podcast we discuss some of the challenges coming up in the medium to long term. For those who would like to find out more, SRUC has a dedicated Rural Brexit Business webpage.

Chair
Emma Congreve, Economist and Knowledge Exchange Fellow, FAI

Guests
Professor Andrew Barnes, Professor of Rural Resource Economics, SRUC
Steven Thomson, Senior Agricultural Economist, SRUC

Timestamps
(2.17) Overview of the rural economy, agriculture & the domestic food supply chain in Scotland
(8.22) Impact of Covid-19 so far
(14.25) What support is there for the sector
(20.16) Impact on tourism and remote rural areas
(28.14) Medium to long term prospects, including Brexit

May 12, 2020

Impact of the Coronavirus on workers

Impact of the Coronavirus on workers

 
 
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Helen Martin,  Assistant General Secretary of the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC),  joins Mairi Spowage and Emma Congreve to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdown on workers. Helen discusses how prepared we were for this pandemic, the policy measures that have been introduced to help workers, the role of key workers and the things to think about when planning out how we could ease lockdown restrictions.

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April 29, 2020

Coronavirus and the impact on poverty

Coronavirus and the impact on poverty

 
 
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Dave Innes, Head of Economics at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, joins Emma Congreve to discuss the impact that the shutdown of many parts of the economy will have on poverty across the UK. They discuss what we know so far about the impact on low income households, what support needs to be in place to protect those who are the most financially vulnerable as the crisis evolves, and how policy may change in future as we come out the other side.Continue reading

April 21, 2020