The Global Spread of Death Cafés

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. Before the covid-19 pandemic disrupted conventional thinking around death and dying, Death Cafés around the world were encouraging people to reflect on their mortality. Death Cafés are informal social spaces where strangers meet to ‘have a conversation’… Continue reading The Global Spread of Death Cafés

Does the Pause in Face-to-Face Benefit Assessments During Covid-19 Provide an Opportunity for Reflection?

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the article. Mental health is on all of our minds at the moment. From coping with isolation to supporting friends and relatives, the covid-19 pandemic has brought about social changes on a scale most people in the UK… Continue reading Does the Pause in Face-to-Face Benefit Assessments During Covid-19 Provide an Opportunity for Reflection?

Young People’s Wellbeing and the Achievement Gap in the Age of Covid-19

This is a guest post by Dimitra Hartas. The covid-19 pandemic is having profound effects on all aspects of society, particularly affecting our physical and mental health and wellbeing. As our lives have suddenly been put on hold, physical distancing and social isolation are putting pressure on us all. But we should be especially concerned… Continue reading Young People’s Wellbeing and the Achievement Gap in the Age of Covid-19

Is Scotland More Progressive than the UK? A Look at Carer’s Allowance

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. The Scotland Act 2016 devolved powers over 11 social security benefits, including Carer’s Allowance (CA) which provided Scotland with an opportunity, albeit limited, to differentiate itself in terms of welfare policy progressivity. The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016… Continue reading Is Scotland More Progressive than the UK? A Look at Carer’s Allowance

Activating the Unemployed in a Coronavirus Recession

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy.  Click here to access the article. In Germany, but also in other countries, coronavirus has stopped long-term economic growth and prosperity gains that followed the Great Recession after 2008. The virus suddenly brings the topic of unemployment back to… Continue reading Activating the Unemployed in a Coronavirus Recession