Welfare and equalities

Poverty and inequality are financial challenges for local authorities and threaten the cohesion of their communities.



The condition of the public housing stock

But apart from the obvious point that ignoring the physical condition of the local authority housing stock, currently numbering around 140,000 properties, will only accelerate the rate of obsolescence and the amount of new supply diverted to replacing existing stock, there is the wider question of the conditions under which some social tenants are required…

Ireland Briefing

Housing in Scotland: the next 20 years

Improvements to Scotland’s housing over the next 20 years should mean more social housing as well as warmer and greener homes for renters and homeowners. ‘Housing to 2040’, published by Scottish Government, also promises better quality housing across all tenures, with existing homes brought up to the same standard as new properties and improved accessibility…

Scotland Briefing

Homelessness is here to stay – a South African perspective

How has South Africa responded to a worsening homelessness situation due to Covid-19? We look at how the country’s national disaster regulations were implemented, and how the problems that arose exposed the lack of clear policy and defined responsibilities and issues around capability, capacity and limited state resources.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing

UK parliamentary legislation in progress February and March 2021

This is the second of a new series of updates on UK parliamentary legislation of interest to local government. It looks back over the previous month, updating the progress of each piece of legislation and includes a summary of developments, including the debates.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

NatCen British Social Attitudes Survey 2020

Every year NatCen surveys 3,000 people for the British Social Attitudes survey, providing data on public opinion about life in the UK that are relevant to local communities and public services. The latest reports illuminate recent trends, including the impact (if any) of the Covid-19 pandemic on public attitudes.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Online Training: Equality and Inclusive Leadership in Local Government

2021 requires a re-commitment from local authorities’ leaders and managers to make a significant shift in stepping up to practice inclusive leadership. Being inclusive leaders means making equality and diversity part of everyday work. These two online workshops provide an introduction to equality diversity and inclusive leadership practices.

England & Wales, Scotland Event
Members & Followers

Evictions and rent arrears: one year of the pandemic

A current ban on evictions cannot go on indefinitely: what are the prospects for tenants who have built up substantial rent arrears during the pandemic? Unless loans and other financial support are offered, widespread homelessness may be inevitable. We looks at the options being proposed from different organisations.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Keeping rough sleepers safe during the pandemic

A year ago the government ordered ‘Everyone in’ and accommodation had to be found for all rough sleepers. Aline Clayson, Rough Sleeping Navigator at Southend on Sea Borough Council takes up the story for us.

England & Wales, Global Blog