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Without radical new thinking and new relationships between government and business, COVID-19 and the inevitable economic downturn will exacerbate existing inequalities across the UK. The COVID-19 crisis makes it even more important to address these inequalities and mitigate the worst impacts of a downturn, and provides an opportunity to do so.
“While COVID-19 was first seen by many as a leveller, it’s clear as time has passed that it’s become a driver of division. When we look beyond the immediate challenges of the pandemic towards recovery there's collective recognition of the need to build back fairer to create a more equitable, greener and sustainable future.”
Leader of Industry for Government and Health Industries
PwC’s Making the UK fairer research pre-COVID-19 showed that only 30% of people agree that “British society as a whole is fair”, yet the majority of the public agree that the government has the most responsibility for achieving fairness in the UK (70%).
How can government and business work together to address inequality - by geography, generation, gender and race - mitigate the worst impacts of a downturn and deliver a fair recovery from COVID-19? What are the implications for government transformation and the design and delivery of public services?
Drawing on new public research and convening across business, the public sector and civil society, PwC will explore these questions as part of the next phase of our Future of Government research programme.
Join us in exploring how together we can create a more equal and fairer UK.
The COVID-19 outbreak has thrown into sharp relief the importance of community, collaboration, and acting with purpose. As we start to think about the economic recovery, we have a unique opportunity to build on this positive trend for purpose-driven action. In this episode, guest host Heather Melville is joined by two of PwC's Government and Health Industries experts, Quentin Cole and Dan Burke, to explore how government and business can collaborate to make the UK fairer and better positioned for the future.