Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Sharing lessons from Ireland and Spain on actions to tackle child poverty

This briefing explains the fundamentals of the EU Child Guarantee, compares the national plans from Ireland and Spain, and suggests some areas of action for local authorities everywhere to address child poverty.

England & Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing
Members

England policy round-up: February and March 2023

This policy round-up for England looks at policy announcements and publications from February and March 2023, a period which began with a reshuffle and saw some important announcements, including the budget, a white paper on health and disability (aimed at supporting people into work) and ‘powering up Britain’.

England & Wales Briefing

State of the Locals 2023

This virtual panel hosted by the LGIU and Ipsos will bring together political and local government experts to share their predictions and ones to watch ahead of the 2022 local elections.

England & Wales Event
Members

What do we know about in-work poverty and can local government help?

‘In-work’ poverty is a growing concern across Scotland, UK and Europe. In the face of it all, local authorities need to find new and innovative ways to maintain service delivery despite inflation, the rising cost of living and increased demand for services. This briefing explores the situation and provides some case study examples.

Scotland Briefing With case study
Members

Living standards outlook and poverty in 2023

Last year saw inflation in the UK rise to its highest rate for 40 years and an economic shock prompted by the conflict in Ukraine. This briefing looks at two recent reports, by the Resolution Foundation and the JRF, which examine the current state of poverty and living standards in Britain.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Budget 2023 – A revolution in childcare?

The 2023 Budget press release proclaims it to be a ‘revolution in childcare’ with a promise to more than double the State’s financial support for the sector by 2026-28. But what actually is the revolution, and will it succeed? LGIU’s John Fowler and Megan Pacey examine the details.

England & Wales Blog-article

Four lessons to help us navigate the cost of living crisis

Many low-income families are teetering on the brink of crisis. How should local government respond? What lessons from the pandemic response can we apply now to do the best for our children and young people? We examine four lessons to help us navigate the cost of living crisis.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog-article
Members

England’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Improvement Plan

The UK Government’s Improvement Plan on the future shape of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) in England was published on 2 March 2023. The Plan follows a Green Paper consultation launched a year earlier. This briefing looks in detail at the proposals and what the Government is trying to achieve.

England & Wales Briefing