The impacts of Covid-19 on Clarion residents, part 4 of 4

Clarion has now completed the fourth and final part of our longitudinal study which has sought to track and understand how the Covid-19 pandemic impacted the lives of Clarion residents and their families.

We are now able to compare results across all four parts, tracking the same group of residents over two and half years. It is evident that their experience of the pandemic has varied depending on their personal circumstances. We have seen great resilience but the impact of the pandemic has been felt more by some groups than others, reinforcing existing societal inequalities.

The final part of the study also included in-depth interviews with selected residents in order to enable and convey a richer insight into their experiences.

Whilst the focus of the overall study has been the impact of the pandemic, within the latest survey, it has been impossible to ignore the impact of the worsening cost of living crisis we are now experiencing. It is evident that residents are increasingly more concerned about their finances than in the height of the pandemic, and had already been taking action with their budgets, including cutting back on their household spending.

The research study has followed the wellbeing of residents, the state of their finances and how work has been affected since Summer 2020.

The results of this research has informed Clarion’s response to the crisis, enabling us to direct resources where they have been most needed.

Key findings from the fourth report:

  • Throughout the pandemic, the proportion of residents coping well with the pandemic remained high, around 85%.
  • There has been a gradual worsening of residents’ financial situation – 37% only have enough money for essentials compared with 25% in May/June 2020. There is an increasing pessimism about the household’s future finances over the next 6 months (24% in winter 2020 to 37% in January 2022)
  • In Summer 2020 we saw a huge impact on resident’s working lives, with only quarter of this cohort saying their jobs hadn’t been affected. Over the course of the study, there has been an increase in the proportion of residents stating that the pandemic has had no impact on their employment and things are getting back to normal (25% in June 2020 to 64% in Jan 2022).
  • There has been a slight increase in the proportion of respondents who have gone without heating (13% in winter 2020 to 16% in January 2022) and 76% feel worried about the current energy price rises.
  • Although recently levelling off, since the beginning of the pandemic there has been an increasing proportion of respondents who feel their physical health has got worse (26% - 40%), and those who consider themselves to have a disability (36% - 47%)
  • Whilst social restrictions have decreased there has been an increase in feeling of loneliness (8% often or always in summer 2020 to 14% in January 2022).

The full report can be read here.

The previous reports can also be found here:

Summer 2020

Winter 2020

Summer 2021