Topic: Welfare and equalities

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


Australia’s need for a Human Rights Act – a step closer

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has released its report on the Inquiry into Australia’s Human Rights Framework. The majority of the committee recommended the federal government introduce an Australian Human Rights Act, which marks a generational milestone in enhancing human rights protections. This article unpacks and comments on the inquiry and its recommendations.

Australia Blog-article

The future of a wellbeing economy is just an economy

Australia’s shift towards a wellbeing economy, prioritising holistic wellbeing over GDP, is gaining momentum. This briefing examines recent trends in wellbeing, and explores questions of how else government can effect sustainable policy shifts and whether the current scrutiny on wellbeing measurement detracts from implementation?

Australia Briefing

England policy round-up: April and May 2024

Our England policy round-up summarises the key announcements and publications for local government. This edition is the last before the general election in July. It features papers on devolution and local democracy and five ‘levelling up’ challenges. There is also an update on a deposit return scheme for drinks containers.

England & Wales Briefing

Record number of women set to contest Irish local elections 2024

This article, from See Her Elected, analyses the current landscape for female local election candidates in Ireland, in the lead-up to the 2024 Irish local elections, and highlights how their initiative has created a gateway for women in rural Ireland into local politics.

Ireland Blog-article

Giving kids a chance: Supporting children who risk missing out in 21st century Britain

Cuts in education and children’s services mean many youngsters risk missing out, however, it is not all doom and gloom. A new briefing sets out the bleak picture across the UK but also highlights efforts made by schools and local authorities to improve the experience of children and young people.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
Members & Global Local

Empowering modern fathers: how can local government pave the way for active fatherhood?

This briefing emphasises the critical role fathers play in their children’s education, suggesting that their involvement leads to better outcomes. It highlights opportunities for local councils to support father engagement through initiatives like reading groups and partnerships with schools. Ultimately, underscoring a gap in dad-specific policies and programs.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing With case study

How can local government better support fathers?

The Fatherhood Institute works to build a society which prepares, respects and assists men as involved fathers and caregivers. We spoke to Dr Jeremy Davies, Deputy CEO, about the organisation’s work and how local authorities can help participate in the agenda to integrate fathers better into their role across family life and education.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog-article