Welfare and equalities

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

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Latest NRS statistics on Covid-19 deaths in Scotland

This briefing presents NRS statistics on Covid-19, published weekly by National Records of Scotland (NRS), last published on 15th July 2020. Statistics will cover main areas of mortality data, highlighting mortality by Covid-19 on location, ethnicity and occupation.

Scotland Briefing

Face facts

A new report provides the first tally of minority ethnic councillors in the UK. It is important we carry on counting so that we can monitor progress, writes Jane Sankarayya. Lack of access to local government by any part of a community has serious implications for exacerbating current inequality and disadvantage.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog
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Social mobility – what’s been achieved in the last seven years?

The Social Mobility Commission has published a comprehensive audit highlighting what it describes as a “disappointing level of [UK] government action” on social mobility over the last seven years. In this briefing, we explore the findings, which comprehensively cover many major policy areas relating to social mobility.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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How representative is UK local government to the communities they serve?

A recent report has examined Ethnic Minority Representation in UK local government. The report found that there is a lack of scrutiny of equal access to local government, creating a potential for reinforcing racial inequality. This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers who work in democratic services.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Can we make rough sleeping a thing of the past?

Phil Woolas is an advisor to the 2020 Initiative to end rough sleeping. Here the former DCLG Minister of State explains why this is a pivotal moment in the fight to end homelessness and summarises the LGIU online event on the topic with Dame Louise Casey.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
Members & Followers

Bundle: Homelessness

This bundle brings together some of LGiU’s recent work on homelessness and housing in England, Scotland, Ireland and elsewhere around the world. It analyses recent developments, but also presents a range of different ideas and approaches, providing food for thought for officers, councillors and others with an interest or a role in helping to prevent…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Publication
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Homelessness in Scotland: Covid-19 and beyond

When the UK went into lockdown, successful and swift action was taken to get rough sleepers across Scotland off the streets  thanks to effective wrap-around support from local government, Scottish Government, and third sector organisations. But as funding dries out, lockdown eases, and the country faces an economic downturn, how can we reduce homelessness?

Scotland Briefing

Post-Covid Councils: Sustainable Futures

LGIU’s Sustainable Futures theme, as part of our Post-Covid Councils project, aims to highlight the practical and pressing opportunities open to local government and its partners in building a cleaner, greener, more sustainable and ultimately fairer future for all.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Publication
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Immigration and Covid-19

Not all non-UK nationals working in health and social care are being offered free visa extensions during the pandemic. Meanwhile, migrants elsewhere are struggling to meet visa rules, or becoming destitute due to ‘no recourse to public funds’ rules. A Home Affairs select committee report urges greater flexibility over immigration and visas.    

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing