Build Back Stronger

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This is the final report of Renew Normal: The People’s commission on life after Covid-19. The aim of this paper is to build a more resilient Britain, focusing not only on the economy, but also on people and communities. It can be understood as a reform agenda, giving voice to multiple stakeholders and especially members of the public. This report presents findings based on consultations with people in Britain, highlights lessons learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic, and draws policy recommendations for building back stronger.

Date added 10 December 2021
Last updated 10 December 2021

This paper presents findings of a consultation process around the following key topics in the context of Covid-19 and provides policy recommendations for each of them. Below some of these recommendations are highlighted:

  • Low paid and key workers (increasing minimum wage or extending sick pay)
  • Our approach to trade and resilience (engaging with the public in a consensus-building process, such as a citizens’ assembly, on the future direction of UK trade policy)
  • The future of home working (improving flexibility as this is now overall more important to the population than the ability to work from home)
  • Online life and misinformation (investing in upskilling people who are currently digitally excluded through lack of skills)
  • Communities and volunteering (reduce inequality of social capital)
  • Access to green space (creating a new parks fund to support the reclaiming of disused urban land for green space)
  • Inequality (establishing a national programme to reduce health inequality associated with income across Britain).

This paper also identifies lessons learnt from the pandemic and what this implies going forward. For example, that communities are of great importance and that they have the capacity to make people stronger, not just happier; that there needs to be a focus on levelling people up, not just places; that working from home and online shopping are new permanent realities and need to be planned for; and that places where people live and work need to be redesigned with all of these (and other) aspects in mind.