Welfare and equalities

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

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The Windrush Review

Rushed legislation and a target-driven culture at the Home Office led to the Windrush scandal, denying many people with the right to be in the UK a job, housing and health care. Some were wrongly deported. The review says it was avoidable and compounded by how the Home Office works.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing

Preventing homelessness during the crisis

The homeless are particularly at risk. Andrew Walker found out what Southwark is doing during the crisis and urges government action to ease the strain.

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Budget March 2020: Analysis

This briefing covers progress towards the fiscal targets and economic forecasts that accompanied Budget March 2020 in addition to brief commentary on other announcements, including those for capital and departmental spending, taxes, and welfare, and the Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Swift Read: An update on Scotland’s social housing

This briefing provides an update on social housing provision in Scotland. In addition to the current state of affairs, both the relevant history of social housing and the future of Scotland’s social housing are explored. This topic will be of interest to officers and councillors with a role relating to housing and social housing in…

Scotland Briefing
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Addressing gender equality in Australian local government and communities

For local governments, action towards a more gender equal world can occur at the organizational level, encouraging and supporting equality within their own organisations, as well as in their local communities. This briefing looks at organizational change to understand local gender equality in the context of access to employment.

Australia Briefing
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How can we make urban planning work for women?

Urban planning and governance requires gender sensitivity if it is to be sustainable, equitable, and effective. ‘Mainstreaming’ gender considerations into planning processes takes urban planning beyond the realm of making service and infrastructure management more efficient, and into solving issues of social, economic and political equity – promoting civic engagement among women and minorities in…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Sign of the Times: Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards Winner

This is the first instalment in our series of briefings exploring winning programmes from the 2019 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards, following on from successful coverage of the 2017 and 2018 award winners. This week we’re taking a look at the winner of the Disability Services Provision category – Tipperary County Council’s Sign…

Ireland Briefing
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Not cashless but less cash – IPPR report

The UK is becoming an increasingly cashless society. By 2028 fewer than one in ten transactions will involve cash. The digital revolution brings many benefits to consumers and businesses but, as cash declines, some people risk being financially excluded. A report from the IPPR considers the issues and policy implications.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing
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The demand for social housing in Ireland

In December the Housing Agency published the latest annual report on the number of households qualifying for social housing support, though there are questions over how useful a guide it is and whether the process needs reforming. This briefing looks at the figures the annual summary assessment provides on social housing applications and comments on…

Ireland Briefing
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Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 years on

What has happened to health inequalities since 2010? The Health Foundation’s important report ‘Health Equity in England’ provides an update ten years after the original Marmot review. The report analyses what has changed and recommends a national cross-government health inequalities strategy to tackle the social determinants of health.

England & Wales, Global Briefing