Welfare and equalities

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



The social housing white paper: summary and comment

Three years after Grenfell, the government has at last published wide-ranging proposals to empower tenants in social housing and to strengthen regulation. Will the Charter for Social Housing Residents lead to landlords being scrutinised more effectively?

England & Wales Briefing

Spending Review November 2020: Highlights for local government

Today the Chancellor laid out his much-anticipated one-year Spending Review, in place of the Comprehensive Spending Review and three-year plan he had hoped to produce before the pandemic disrupted the economic backdrop. This on-the-day briefing brings you the highlights.

England & Wales Briefing

12 steps for digital inclusion

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the scale of digital exclusion in the UK has been exposed beyond previous understanding. In this blog, Georgina Bowyer, Policy and Development Officer at Carnegie UK Trust, talks us through their new report Learning from Lockdown: 12 steps to eliminate digital exclusion, in which a plan of action is laid…

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

The IFS 2020 Green Budget

IFS 2020 Green Budget covers the outlook for the economy and public finances, options for the upcoming spending review, what is referred to as the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda (understood as redressing spatial inequalities) and what could be done to reform working-age social security.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Bundle: Social mobility

What makes the difference to where we end up in life? A collection of our recent publications and events focusing on social mobility.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Publication
Members & Followers

An intergenerational audit for the UK 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has had major impacts on health and living standards. Whilst everyone has been affected to some degree, experiences have differed significantly between the generations. A new intergeneration audit assesses the impact of the pandemic on different age groups and examines the issues for policy makers.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing
Members & Followers

Rental assistance in Ireland

Initially seen as part of the welfare code, rental assistance has evolved to become a major component of social housing support – a development not without critics, as highlighted during the last general election. But perhaps now is a good time to look again at rental assistance and consider its possible contribution to housing policy in…

Ireland Briefing

International lessons from Melbourne’s 20-Minute Neighbourhoods

As the pandemic reduces travel and commuting and people look to their local areas to fulfil needs, the traditional structures of urban areas are called into question. Using case studies, this briefing examines the idea of the 20-minute neighbourhood.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing