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.
This Insight looks at what protections employees have from redundancy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Answers to a number of frequently asked questions on the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
Upcoming official statistics which reflect the impact of coronavirus on the labour market and a summary of timely data.
Issues relating to returning to work following the publication of the Government’s Covid-19 recovery plan.
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.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the overseas health and social care workforce in the UK.
An overview of key issues facing the NHS and social care services during the outbreak, and links to official guidance and data.
Welfare and support schemes
Research exploring the measures introduced to support households and individuals throughout the pandemic.
This Insight explores the increases in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit payments in response to the coronavirus crisis.
A briefing on the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
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’.
Data on the number of applications and total support provided under the Government coronavirus business support schemes.
How the outbreak is affecting the economy and the policy measures introduced to mitigate the impact.
An overview of business interruption insurance and how current policies were shaped by lessons from SARS.
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 Commons Library briefing paper describes the law enforcing the UK’s 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.
The impact of easing lockdown restriction on the further and higher education sectors in England.
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 House of Commons will hold an emergency debate on the conduct of House business during the pandemic.
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.
The effectiveness of responses to coronavirus in Rwanda and Tanzania and the wider political and economic impacts.
The policies put in place by the EU, governments in Europe, the US and other developed countries.
Mapping the main trends in coronavirus policy to date among developing countries.
This Insight looks at the mounting debt crisis being experienced by the world’s poorest countries.
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.