Covid-19 research

Responses by Local Authorities and Faith Groups to the Pandemic.

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The Faiths and Civil Society Unit has been commissioned by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society to conduct a UK-wide survey on how local authorities and faith groups and faith-based organizations have joined forces to meet the severe social challenges faced by local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The research examines the types and amount of joint activity that has emerged since the pandemic began. It also identifies how new experiences of collaboration and partnership point towards changing relationships and mutual perceptions between local authorities and faith communities, and what the implications might be for future policy.

The research involved conducting and analyzing a 19-item survey that was sent to all 408 local authorities in the UK, as well as interviews with 55 key players across 10 local authority areas and was conducted over July and August 2020. The survey was completed by 194 local authorities across the four nations of the UK. A copy of the report is available here, along with the introductory video for the launch event in November 2020.

The appendices for the report are available below: 

  • APPG on Faith and Society Survey - Local Authorities
  • Interview Schedule - Local Authorities