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Society—and research—needs stability more than shine

The progress of the UK’s vaccine rollout, and tentative government plans for easing lockdown restrictions, have fuelled hopes that the pandemic’s darkest days may soon be over. But the social and economic damage caused by Covid-19 will continue to carve deeply, even as the threat from the disease itself starts to recede. Some sections of society and some parts of the country stand to feel much more pain than others.

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research has predicted that the twin impacts of the pandemic and Brexit will hit the north-west especially hard, with the poorest in society in London, the south-east and east also being deeply affected.

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