Parliamentary Concern Tracker

Owen Thomas - Director

In September and October 2020 Yonder surveyed 99 MPs in the latest wave of Yonder’s parliamentary research. The research – conducted while the UK continued to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and MPs adapted to the impact of restrictions on their own work as well as on their constituents – found that:

  • MPs across the House of Commons remain most concerned about healthcare and the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic. 91% of MPs mention concerns about the NHS/healthcare, which is almost unchanged since July’s 93%.
  • Concerns about the economy, employment and business support surged in April and remain high among MPs. 67% express concerns linked to the economy and such concern is consistent across the two main parties.
  • Brexit (31%), housing (27%) and transport/roads (15%) made up the other issues in the top five. Concerns regarding Brexit have increased – after falling between November 2019 and July 2020 – as the UK’s EU transition draws to a close.
  • Climate change and the environment has dropped down the list of concerns. At the start of 2020, one-in-five MPs (22%) mentioned climate change or the environment in their list of major concerns, but that has halved to just 11% of MPs in the October wave of research.
  • Concerns about benefits and Universal Credit have also declined throughout 2020. In August 2019, 37% mentioned such concerns and 23% raised them in February 2020. Since then, however, the proportion of MPs mentioning benefits or Universal Credit has dropped to just 7% in October 2020.

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