Welfare and equalities

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

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IFS Report: The Impacts of Localised Council Tax Support Schemes

The recent analysis published by the Institute of Fiscal Studies of how local authorities have designed their local Council Tax Support (CTS) schemes attempts to explain variations in terms of different characteristics such as political control and the overall funding situation.

England & Wales Briefing
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Navigating the Maze of Social Work: Criminal Justice Services

This is the fifth and final in a series of articles looking at social work services in Scotland. This article considers Social Work Criminal Justice Services within the context of Community Justice and should be read alongside the previous articles.

Scotland Briefing
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Not for Sale

There seems to be substantial governmental activity taking place to combat modern slavery, but there has also been criticism of the lack of progress by the Home Office as numbers of potential modern slavery victims are increasing year on year.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Childhood adversity and ACEs – the role of local government

Adverse childhood experiences have been described as “the biggest public health threat” we’ve faced in Scotland in decades. This briefing outlines what childhood adversity is, what can be done to improve outcomes, and what local authorities in Scotland are doing.

Scotland Briefing
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Disability and Incapacity Benefits and Universal Credit

ESA claimants will be among the single largest claimant group within managed migration to Universal Credit. What are the implications of migration for this very large group of people? Recent reports have given some idea of the scale of the transition and how it varies among local areas.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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21st Century Working: meeting the challenges of a changing workplace

Millennials are set to make up 50% of the UK’s workforce by 2020 with Generation Z following close behind. This briefing explores these changes and looks at the ways in which local authorities can adapt in order to attract and retain younger talent.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Swift Read: Removing barriers for the seldom heard

This Swift Read looks at how local authorities can include as wide a range of people as possible in engagement and consultation. It will be of interest to officers and elected members with an interest in community engagement and empowerment.

Global, Scotland Briefing
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The Irish Option – Changing the Way Councils Respond to Travellers

Tackling illegal traveller sites has always been highly contentious for councils. The Home Secretary has set out draft measures to make it easier to remove travellers from land they should not be on and also plans to consider making it a criminal offence to set up illegal encampments.

England & Wales Briefing