How the Pandemic Shines a Light on the Importance of Home

“A safe and settled home is the cornerstone on which we build a better quality of life.”, so says Jake Eliot, head of policy for the money advice service, and many would agree. And now, homes have also become our “first line of defence against the COVID-19 outbreak”, according to the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Housing, who goes on to state that “Home has rarely been more of a life or death situation.” Hasn’t it?

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Coronavirus: Economic Collapse and the Revitalization of Community

The terror of uncertainty brought about by the Coronavirus epidemic is felt most acutely by low earning hourly waged workers and those in ‘high risk’ categories of susceptibility to a fatal infection. This unprecedented moment in contemporary history is shining a bright and unforgiving light on the failings of our economic system, with huge companies such as Laura Ashley already going into administration, not to mention the thousands of small locally owned businesses that will undoubtedly follow suit in the coming weeks.

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