Has devolution led to different outcomes during the Covid-19 crisis?

Presenter(s) Type Length Chair
Tim Besley Graham Brownlow Andrew Henley Helen Simpson Graeme Roy Tanya Wilson Special
Helen Simpson
Economics Observatory

The experience of Covid-19 has varied across the devolved nations of the UK. Unlike many other policy areas, devolved governments have almost complete authority to act independently of Westminster when it comes to health. Throughout the pandemic, this has also meant that measures to control the spread of Covid-19 – including restrictions on social gatherings, education, transport and businesses – have also been decided in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. This session will explore the different approaches taken by each of the devolved nation’s governments and the effects these have had on both public health and economic outcomes. In particular, panellists will highlight and discuss any variation in these outcomes between the nations of the UK, and differences in public perception of the devolved governments’ handling of the pandemic. The session will focus primarily on Scotland, but panellists will draw comparisons to the UK as a whole, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland.

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