Decision making in a crisis


This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at first responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic required the UK government to take high-stakes decisions under conditions that make good policy making hard. This report examines decisions made by the government about three key aspects of its early response to the pandemic: the economic support package, Covid-19 testing and the commitment to run 100,000 tests per day by 30 April, and the lockdown and school closures. We examine how these decisions were taken and how that affected the outcomes.

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