Read the latest coronavirus (Covid-19) research and analysis from the House of Commons Library.
Find quick-read articles and longer briefings on the Government’s response to the coronavirus and its impact on key sectors such as housing, employment, welfare, police powers, the economy and more.
For the latest information on how UK Parliament is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus visit the Parliament website.
Employment rights and the workplace
Research covering employment rights and the workplace during the coronavirus pandemic.
What protections employees have from redundancy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
How the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will fit within existing employment law.
Upcoming official statistics which reflect the impact of coronavirus on the labour market and a summary of timely data.
The existing rules on attending a workplace and what rights workers have as it relates to health and safety.
Health and social care
Research and analysis about health and social care during the coronavirus outbreak.
This briefing paper provides an overview of testing for Covid-19 in England
Ventilator availability and procurement in the UK and a summary of government action.
An overview of key issues facing the NHS and social care services during the coronavirus outbreak.
An overview of changes to local authority duties around the provision of adult social care during the coronavirus outbreak.
Welfare and support schemes
Research exploring the measures introduced to support households and individuals throughout the pandemic.
This briefing outlines measures introduced to support household finances during the pandemic.
A briefing on the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
This paper explains measures to assist households to retain their homes and the specific challenges faced by rough sleepers.
There have been calls to suspend NRPF conditions in response to the pandemic.
Economy and business
Economic updates and research around schemes to support businesses during the Covid-19 ‘lockdown’.
This briefing collates the economic data that is available on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak into a single page.
This Insight explores the basics of government debt and the key issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic.
This Insight explains why some businesses can and can’t access The Small Business Grant Scheme.
This briefing provides information on the various sources of support for businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Analysis and research on how emergency powers may affect areas such as policing, prisons, funerals and access to domestic abuse services during the coronavirus ‘lockdown’.
This short briefing explains the new temporary powers to enforce the coronavirus ‘lockdown’.
This briefing explains the situation in prisons in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
This Insight explores how the coronavirus ‘lockdown’ could affect people at risk of domestic abuse.
This Insight explains the emergency powers in relation to how deaths might be managed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Education, childcare and families
Research exploring the impact on childcare and education as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
This short briefing addresses some key issues and FAQs in relation to schools and the Coronavirus outbreak
This briefing provides information in response to some key questions relating to childcare during the coronavirus outbreak.
An update around the post-18 education sector including the Government support package for universities and students.
The impact of coronavirus on separated families, maintenance arrangements and access to children.
Government and Parliament
Research and analysis explaining parliamentary consent, the Coronavirus Bill, and how the pandemic may affect Brexit.
The financial support available to local authorities in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
A set of briefings about the Coronavirus Bill, part of the Government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
This Insight explains the motion to approve the legislation that underpins the current ‘lockdown’ in England.
Examining the legal and procedural hurdles to any extension of the post-Brexit transition period.
Around the world
Analysis on the response to coronavirus from across the world.
This Insight looks at the main challenges facing the OPTs in responding to the coronavirus crisis.
The policies put in place by the EU, governments in Europe, the US and other developed countries.
Over the last year conflict has intensified, with a recent surge in violence despite the threat presented by the coronavirus.
Experts warn there could be a coronavirus catastrophe in the Middle East, especially in conflict zones and among refugees.
Research from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)
Find the latest reporting on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) papers and Covid-19 vaccines.
The approach to exiting lockdown from countries across the world.
Exploring social distancing strategies including the ‘cluster’ and ‘light switch’ approaches.
Issues relating to mental health and well-being during the coronavirus outbreak.
Research from the Lords Library
Find briefings and blogs produced to support the work of the House of Lords in scrutinising and debating the Government’s response to coronavirus.
How the coronavirus outbreak has affected mental health.
The Covid-19 outbreak in the UK has seen short-term shortages in some retail goods.
How a range of international bodies and coalitions are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.