Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Vulnerable young people: why they are missing out on education and care?

Vulnerable children and young people are failing to receive support due to teacher shortages and problems in the care system. Some appear to have disappeared off the radar of schools and local authorities. This new briefing looks at the key issues and suggests what needs to be done.

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Think Tank Review: January 2023 Housing affordability, data for policy formation and more

Our monthly review highlights key findings from leading think tanks and research institutes across the globe. This edition features publications on housing affordability; involving refugees in place-making; shortages in the care workforce; lessons from German reunification; welfare reform; and using data to improve policy making.

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Global Local: Nordic spotlight

Discover the Nordic countries' successes in local governance and how they respond to global challenges such as climate change, ageing populations & more.

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Meeting the challenges of an ageing society

The UK is an ageing society with a rising number of older disabled people. This briefing looks at the challenges that this poses and explores case study examples of what local authorities are doing to meet those challenges.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Global Local: Air quality and pollution

How is local government taking action to support cleaner air where we live, work and breathe? Find innovation and good practice.

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Truth Telling: What is it, and what role can local government play?

The purpose of this policy briefing is to focus on the third key element in the Uluru Statement: Truth Telling. This briefing provides an overview of what it is and why it’s necessary. It also provides an update on what is happening in Victoria and the Northern Territory, and what we can learn from this.

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Refugees and asylum seekers: the challenges and opportunities for local authorities

The increase in the number of those seeking asylum in the UK initially brings significant pressure to local government, associated services and infrastructure. In the longer term, however, there are many opportunities and benefits for the UK as the host country. This briefing examines both the challenges and opportunities.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing With case study
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Gambling and the role of government

Australia has amongst the highest average gambling losses globally, yet the negative impacts of gambling often remain hidden due to cultural normalisation. This is the first in a series of briefings which will explore the full complex issue with a focus on the role local government can play in preventing gambling harm.

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England policy round-up: October/November 2022

This new edition covers policy/research papers from October/November 2022, which saw another change of prime minister. Rishi Sunak’s first task was to restore economic stability and market confidence. As winter arrives, public services – and the whole country – face tough challenges from the cost of living and industrial unrest.

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