Written evidence submitted by the LSE COVID and Care Research Group


The COVID and Care Research Group welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Treasury Committee’s important ongoing inquiry into the economic impact of coronavirus.


The Group is a collective of anthropologists primarily at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and works with other disciplines, policy makers, community leaders and community groups across the UK. The group is led by the Principle Investigator, Prof Laura Bear, and Co-Investigators Prof Deborah James and Nikita Simpson.


The Group has conducted a six-month ethnographic study of the economic and social impacts of COVID-19 in the UK – comprising of in-depth interviews, surveys, and case studies across several different communities. This written evidence provides some overarching economic recommendations based on this research and data, and focuses on two questions in the Committee’s most recent call for evidence:



Overall, our research finds that the UK Government can foster a strong and inclusive economic recovery and reduce the negative impacts of the pandemic on disadvantaged groups, by funding and supporting the role of communities and social care services.


Key recommendations:











Q: To what extent do Government measures protect viable jobs in the future and reduce the risk of long-term unemployment?











Q: How effective is the Government support to businesses and individuals across different regions and sectors? Does the effectiveness of the Government support vary across different regions?








This is a snapshot of the LSE Covid and Care Research Group’s study into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disadvantaged households in the UK. We would be very happy to elaborate in further written or oral evidence to share more information about the economic impact of COVID-19 and how the UK Government can strengthen its support to local communities.

December 2020