Topic: Welfare and equalities

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


All resettlement is local: refugee policy developed where it delivers

Despite international discussions of hosting refugees being at national level, the burden falls at the local level. While local government ought to have a larger voice in immigration policy, many municipalities globally have found innovative ways to support refugees and create localised immigration policies.

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Drug and alcohol related deaths in Scotland and the UK: a national shame

2020 saw the largest number of drug-related deaths in the UK since records began in the 1990s. Perhaps it is time that drug reform policy follows the examples from abroad by moving away from the criminal justice lens and instead addressing the topic as a public health issue.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing
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Supporting affordable housing delivery for a fair and just recovery: lessons from Europe

The pandemic has severely impacted all facets of the housing sector, emphasising a lack of available and affordable housing in some areas and creating uncertainty around construction and development. Across Europe, local governments have responded with short term measures to protect tenants, with some also committing to long term policy developments designed to increase the…

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

White working class pupils – Commons Education Committee

This briefing reviews the House of Commons Education Committee June report on the educational achievement of white working-class children. Using data gathered from England they found students have been “let down by decades of neglect and muddled policy thinking”.

England & Wales Briefing

Race and the police: two decades after Macpherson

Following the murder of Stephen Lawrence over 20 years ago, the police were found to be institutionally racist. Much has changed since the Macpherson report in 1999, but still the police face accusations of discrimination and racism. This briefing looks at an inquiry into race and the police by a select committee and at MPs’…

England & Wales Briefing

Independent living: the potential to empower

This briefing highlights the top priority of the disability movement to facilitate independent living by helping to empower disabled people and those with long term conditions to remain in control of their lives and live fully.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Podcast: Indigenous communities and local government

An amazing interview with City of Winnipeg Cllr Sherri Rollins about the importance of representation and how we all need to think like bosses for better democracy. Plus find out about the dirty tricks used to stop Chief Thunderwater’s local government reform mission.

Global Podcast Blog

Results week 2021: the issues and implications

Academic results have again been at the front of the news headlines recently. This briefing gives an overview of results week, particularly focusing on the 2021 A-level and Highers results and looks at the run-up to the 2021 examination season and the implications it holds for the future.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Health in coastal communities

Poor health in coastal communities is the focus of this year’s annual report by Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England. What is the scale of the problem and why are people living near the sea more likely to die younger and suffer from serious disease?

England & Wales Briefing