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The government actively encouraged people to spend again? After the 2008 crisis, the australian government gave everyone a cash sum and encouraged them to spend it. This resulted in increased income for australian businesses. 

Peter

Peckham

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What if businesses and public services tried a whole lot harder to offer part time hours, job shares and flexible working arrangements for parents or for any one else that wanted them for that matter?

Claire

Stourbridge

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All job roles were considered on a flexible basis – that could be home working, 100% remote working, part time, job share or flexi hours?

Abi

Bristol

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Businesses were more open to employees working for more than one business at a time?

Peter

London

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Government support could be weighted depending on how many workers a company employs 

Sir Alec

Oxfordshire

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All the empty kitchen can be rented out to produce food for the local vulnerable using the support of the council with existing logistics?

Alex Conrad Dsouza

London 

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Businesses and public services tried a whole lot harder to offer part time hours, job shares and flexible working arrangements for parents or for any one else that wanted them for that matter?

Claire Daniel

Stourbridge

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What if we had a universal basic income,to keep the economy afloat during this crisis?

Si Egan

Exeter

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There was a big push for people to ‘holiday at home’ this summer, and spend the money they would have spent abroad on restaurants, pubs and entertainment within the UK? We could support this with road closures to allow more outside seating during summer evenings –  like terrace culture in France.

Lily

North London 

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Every able-bodied Armed Forces veteran joined Team Rubicon, who are helping volunteers going in where others fear to tread such as assisting with mortuary duties, food and PPE distribution, homeless housing, assembling PPE visors and home visits to the vulnerable

Marcus

London

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Black taxi cabs could be deployed to pick up care workers to take them to testing stations and car washes are converted to provide a disinfecting service in between journeys?

Mike

Swansea

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What if people on furlough be redeployed in areas of the business that are extremely busy as they serve key businesses like retail, delivery services, NHS and then move back to their original roles when this crisis finishes?

Lindsie

Slough

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Employers pledge to look beyond their own industry and discover transferable skills that will enrich their own cultures

Alan

Lindfield

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Just wondering; if workplace allowed everyone to wash / sanitised hand every half an hour by special alarm reminder. It would make big difference as people forget many of the time

Bhavin Supeda

Leicester

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Governments and growing industries worked together to provide more retraining opportunities for people who have lost their jobs during this crisis? 

Alex

Epsom

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What if we would help people with secondary skills to find jobs in tech and digital?

Zoltan

London

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Corporate taxation could be reduced depending on the number of workers a business employs. This should be a fixed amount e.g. £2,500 reduction per head employed. 

Sir Alec

Oxfordshire

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Restaurants and cafes which are currently closed cooked and delivered hot meals to children who would normally be in receipt of free school meals? Nutrition, employment and income. Win Win!!

Mike

Swansea

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We had a database of people able to work, immediately available with a short synopsis of location, hours, pay and type of work they wanted to do ?

Kerry

Derby

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There was a ‘digital directory UK hub’ where all businesses impacted by COVID-19 could upload their business services and what requirements these businesses are now looking for e.g. customers within a specific industry sector, new staff, investment within a new project, etc.

Jamie Martin

Swindon 

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Jobs would be offered on reduced hours, so that additional same/similar jobs could be created? This could shape a 3.5-4-day work week across 7 days.

Monika Bauregger

Newbury 

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Work start times were staggered in organisations for those required to attend premises. Only 50% on site at any one time. Those who can work from home do. The buildings not required by organisations, converted for living premises, providing homes and work in the unskilled necessary work. Just a change of use required.

Melanie

Chelmsford

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Your platform connected people who need career advice, mentoring, contacts, etc with others who were able and willing to provide that. I am a partner in a law firm and willing and able to offer what I can from my own perspectives and experiences to people who need it but there does not seem to be a centralised platform.

Chris

Hong Kong

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We encouraged more of our young people to become entrepreneurs rather than to seek employment? What if employers and organisations collaborated with one another in the recruitment of staff and share their expertise when needed in times of crisis rather than being competitive and at each other’s throats?

Shaheen

London

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As a country we buy from UK based companies first and regenerate the economy from within.

Wendy

Glasgow

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We were to redeploy call center works who have been made redundant to help with
major helplines eg domestic abuse, NHS, etc?

 

A

Birmingham

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We reduced the working week to 30 hours whilst the demand for jobs outstrips the supply of jobs available i.e. “rationing” work

Sir Alec

Oxfordshire

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Companies were revisiting their working hours? If social distancing is to remain in place for a while, this would allow for office space to be re-arranged and tasks to re-aligned during the day. Using the approach of twilights shifts as an example may be? 

Myriam

Stoke on Trent

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We buy British  

Stewart

Edinburgh

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Furloughed workers were directed to provide support to local councils to reach the most vulnerable people in their communities?

Mike

Swansea

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In 1978 the Government provided a 12 week programme for transitioning people that allowed them to work, and learn. Focusing on key skills, interview skills and connection with in-demand work. Can we reintroduce the scheme targeting civil service recruitment initially, for business to redeploy their furloughed or redundant employees to transition into civil service jobs. A good example would be the recent campaign from Civil Service roles at Airports, for key immigration roles, would be great for ex employees leaving airlines and travel businesses.

Lesley

Kingsclere

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What if the government paid part of school leaver apprentices salaries for the first 6 months to encourage growth in early careers hiring?

 

Kate Temple-Brown

London

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The govt offered landlords who rent out office spaces a tax rebate for 1 year so they can reduce or overlook rent for 6 to 9 months so employers have more funds to put towards retaining staff in their jobs?

Shola

Welwyn Garden City

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What if we have a siesta like Spain, it would help with mental wellbeing of all colleagues. You would avoid the midday sun, colleagues would work limited hours, as well as having a longer lunch and feeling relaxed for those colleagues who start super early in the morning, as well has helping with their digestion as having a heavier lunch midday is better and more healthier and then having a lighter dinner after we get back home. And also a healthier heart, more relaxed. People would be more productive and much more happier and being able to have more time to socialise in the evenings instead of work, work, work.

Urmila

Wembley

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Job boards allowed all key workers roles to be posted for free.

Bob

London 

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We make it easier for people trained overseas in much needed professions to get working in the UK?

Joan

St. Albans

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People across the UK began to work together to define a new way of working? Should we move to a 4 day week? Is it more productive to be at home at least part of the week?

Ryan

London

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People could work now with a “promise to pay” later. Companies need to maintain momentum and continue with marketing ready for the inevitable upturn.

Andrea

Reading

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Furloughed/ redundant workers were supported to assist UK farmers who are struggling to harvest vegetables due to a lack of European workers who typically carry out this work?

Andrew

Lincolnshire

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Job boards allowed all key workers roles to be posted for free.

Bob

London 

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Everyone could receive support for their mental health, physical health, and wellness with an collaborated support group aiming to improve the focus, the energy, and the morale of our nation?

Jourdain

London

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All new job posts were considered as full-time roles and job-share?

Nadine

Watford

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Businesses seriously consider allowing all of their workforce to work from home?

Covid has demonstrated that lots of businesses can do it!

Businesses save on office costs, employees save on travel cost. Win-win!

 

Ewan

Risca

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There was a marketplace where inactive businesses could trade resources to active businesses to help with cashflow?

Pierre

Reading

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Those on the NHS Volunteer Responder List, who haven’t been utilised, could also be given the opportunity to volunteer to pick fruit and vegetables for local farms struggling to find people to do this work.

Richard

Banbury

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We could streamline the interview process by businesses with similar job specs collaborating to fill posts?

Jeremy

London