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IfG: four governments of the UK must better co-ordinate Covid strategies

A report released by the Institute for Government has criticised the fragmented approach to Covid that has been taken by the four Governments of the UK.

Since May, the approaches have diverged significantly with numbers of gatherings changing, what establishments can open and even approaches to lockdowns.

Meetings of the Governments of the UK throughout the Covid-19 pandemic have been, with the IfG citing that between May 10th and September 22nd, there were no COBR meetings.

The IfG has given several recommendations to the Government that include:

  • Agree a regular schedule of meetings, including high-level cross-government meetings between leaders, and more frequent operational-level meetings.
  • Commission scientific advice on a UK-wide ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown as opposed to separate approaches in each of the devolved administrations.
  • Agree restrictions on travel from areas of high-risk areas to lower-risk ones to prevent further restrictions at UK internal borders.
  • Agree thresholds for imposing lockdown conditions that will trigger economic support to ensure an equitable distribution of economic support.
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