Building Back for the Better: A perspective from CUKT

July 23, 2020

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As governments and organisations begin to emerge from the emergency phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, attention is shifting to the recovery phase.

Today, the Carnegie UK Trust publishes six propositions for the medium term recovery. Building Back for the Better: A perspective from CUKT argues that there is a collective responsibility to use what we have learned not just to repair the immediate damage but to also consider our how to make our economic, social and democratic structures fit for the future.

The six propositions are based on the Trust’s long history of research, policy and practice development on wellbeing. They are:

  • National wellbeing can be the goal
  • The relationship between the state and citizens can be reset
  • The future can be local (as well as global)
  • Our relationship with work can be remodelled
  • We can build a new level of financial resilience
  • Technology can be for all

Sarah Davidson, CEO of the Carnegie UK Trust said:

‘The devastation which COVID-19 is causing to the lives of individuals, communities and businesses cannot be understated, but we can see some positive things emerging from the situation. The response and coming together that the pandemic has prompted shows how we can come out from this as a society which places the wellbeing of its citizens at its heart.

One of the challenges – and indeed opportunities – for government and its partners emerging from this will be to capture what has worked well, and embed this in the post-COVID-19 recover phase. Although we do not know what our ‘new normal’ will look like, we do know the skills that it will require – collaboration and a citizen centred approach.’


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