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Grenfell: one year on

It is one year today since the horrendous fire at Grenfell Tower. We look back here at the last year: what lessons can we learn from the inquiries taking place and from the accounts and experiences of Grenfell survivors and community groups?

England & Wales
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Local Government and Public Health – An Update

This briefing summarises the review outcomes and local government’s response to the proposals. It also outlines new duties for local government arising from the new alcohol minimum pricing legislation and provides a brief comment on the current role of local government in England regarding public health.

Scotland
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Does the welfare system discriminate unfairly against disabled people?

The 2010 welfare reforms were the largest change to the benefit system since the Beveridge Report. Eight years on the system is still work in progress, with concerns around whether it is delivering against its objectives. This briefing considers the impact of the reforms on disabled people.

England & Wales
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Swift Read: Play it, SAM – the case for the Single Authority Model

SAM’s simple premise is that efficiency, economy of scale and effective delivery of services are all best served in an island context by merging the public agencies operating co-terminously on the ground, rather than merging each one with its opposite numbers in other local authority areas.

Scotland
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Joint Parliamentary Report on Air Pollution

The report summarised here is the result of an unprecedented joint parliamentary committee investigation into government air quality policy. It argues that local authorities require significantly more support in order to tackle a public health crisis that leads to 40,000 avoidable deaths every year.

England & Wales
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Is the Government’s Modern Slavery strategy working?

A PAC report has criticised the progress on stopping modern slavery, accusing the Home Office of not knowing whether the policy is working and of taking too long to turn the prime minister’s strategy and legislation into action. The report is summarised here and the role of local government considered.

England & Wales
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IFS Report: Adult social care funding: a local or national responsibility?

This report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies explores divergences between assessed needs for social care and other service spending and local tax-raising capacity, and considers options for funding social care in the wider context of the changing system of local government finance.

England & Wales