Welfare and equalities

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

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Helping local authorities to tackle homelessness through data and evidence

Following the success of the pilot, the What Works Community launches officially today; a programme helping local authorities improve their use of evidence and data to achieve results in tackling homelessness. Dr Ligia Teixeira, Chief Executive of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, tells us about their work so far – and how your council can…

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog
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‘Build Back Fairer: The COVID-19 Marmot Review’ – the pandemic, socioeconomic and health inequalities in England

In February 2020 Professor Marmot described how health inequalities in England have increased over the last ten years. His December follow-up report details how Covid-19 and the response to it have had the greatest impact on people already experiencing health inequalities, and how this will widen the gap even more.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Troubled Families Programme

The MHCLG-led Troubled Families Programme in England is nearly 10 years old. This briefing looks at its impact, recent commentary and future prospects.

England & Wales Briefing
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Local Government: By Women, For Women

In this briefing we look at two successful local government programmes: one engaging women in politics by encouraging political participation and improved perception of female politicians; and one providing young women with tools to support confidence, resilience and leadership in all aspects of their lives.

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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The early education workforce in England – what next?

Despite more than twenty years of policy development and financial investment in early childhood education and care, the sector’s workforce remains one that is mostly female, low-qualified, lacking socio-demographic diversity and poorly paid. This briefing looks at the issues and how local authorities may bring about change.

England & Wales Briefing
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Ethnic disparities in education

Using the latest data from the UK government and others, this briefing explores the ethnic disparities existing in educational outcomes, from early years to higher education taking in schools, further education and post-education destinations.

England & Wales Briefing
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Rental affordability patterns across Australia: Index release

This briefing looks at the recent release of the Australian Rental Affordability Index (RAI) for 2020. The RAI is an indicator of the price of rents relative to household incomes, and is a free resource available for use by local government.

Australia Briefing
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Illicit drug use and homelessness: how Canada and the UK are dealing with a growing crisis

In 2016, Canada declared a national opioid crisis due to the dramatic rise in drug-related deaths over the past decade. This briefing will investigate the intertwining nature of drug use and homelessness and compare the situation to that of the UK, before discussing whether the approaches taken in Canada could also be effective in the…

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Scotland Ending Homelessness Together: A Call For Action

Scottish Government and COSLA published an updated action plan in October titled ‘Ending Homelessness Together’, while a guide from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group created for Scottish local authorities has also been developed, with support from the Scottish Government. This briefing looks at the plans and recommendations from both.

Scotland Briefing
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Domestic and family violence: the role of local government

In this briefing, the Social and Community Team of Local Government NSW provide an overview of local government initiatives, actions and links to resources to prevent and respond to domestic and family violence.

Australia Briefing