National and Devolved Politics

05.05.20

Public Sector Voices Ep 11. Lifting the Lockdown

Programme Director at the Institute for Government, Joe Owen, joined host Emily Rodgers on Public Sector Voices to discuss the recent report he co-authored called Lifting the Lockdown: How to approach a coronavirus exit strategy.

Joe is currently leading the Institute’s research on Whitehall’s preparations for exiting the European Union, a historical event that has been hugely complicated by the pandemic we’re facing.

The decisions over the next few weeks regarding how to lift the current lockdown restrictions will be critical for Government and the whole of the UK, Emily and Joe take a look at the different options available and the effect they could have.

Balancing public health with the economy is an unprecedented challenge, and according to Joe, one of the challenges for anyone in that position is reorienting themselves to realise that they are now The Coronavirus Prime Minister, a legacy that he wasn’t expected when he won his big majority in December.

Transparency is key is the message of the day and facing up to the huge challenge ahead – Joe is an expert in his field and presents a fascinating insight from the people whose mission is to make Government more effective. 

Listen to this week’s Public Sector Voices podcast ‘Lifting the lockdown’ and find out how Joe would tackle it.

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