Impact of Covid-19 on Clarion residents - Summary update

Following its 2020 report, Clarion has published a summary update of how Clarion Housing residents are experiencing life during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The report six months ago provided a snapshot how residents were coping in the early stages of the crisis, through the first lockdown and initial easing of restrictions. That snapshot showed that while more than eight out of ten residents claimed to be coping well, the pandemic had hit some people harder. Within months of the Covid-19 outbreak, one in four of our working residents had been placed in furlough and one in ten had lost their job.

This report follows up directly with over 700 of the same residents, with a similar set of questions updating their journey in the winter of 2020, during the second national lockdown. This is the second part of a major long-term study into the impact of the pandemic on our residents.

Key findings include:

  • Although the majority of residents said they were coping well with the pandemic, the proportion had dropped from 86% in the summer to 82%
  • Resilience and ability to cope continues to vary by particular characteristics such as gender, working status, age and disability status
  • Residents’ working situation, which had been dramatically affected by the pandemic earlier in the year, has returned to ‘normal’ for many workers (53%), with fewer on furlough than in the summer (from 28% to 8%)
  • There was a rise in residents reporting that their physical health has worsened (from 22% to 34%)
  • Residents have been feeling lonely more often than before (from 8% to 13% always or often lonely)
  • Residents have taken steps to cut back on spending and more people have been worried about money. 47% have cut back on household spending, and 42% are now worried about money issues, compared to 28% in the summer.

Clarion will shortly be publishing a follow-up report to the findings outlining the actions it has taken in response to the research to support to its residents and mitigate against the impacts of the pandemic.

Click here to read the summary update on the impact of Covid-19 on Clarion residents.