Welfare and equalities

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


Global Executive Panel: Community Wellbeing

Join us as we explore how local governments in Australia and the UK are finding innovative ways to deliver improved community wellbeing outcomes against a backdrop of a pandemic and challenging economic climate 7pm AEDT | 8am GMT  

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

Understanding the Indigenous Voice Proposals

In October 2019, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, announced the start of the Indigenous Voice co-design process. This briefing provides a summary of the proposal along with a discussion of the key considerations for engaging with the process.

Australia Briefing
Members & Followers

The outlook for living standards and poverty in 2021

Prior to the Covid-19 crisis, 14.5 million people in the UK were living in poverty. Two recent reports provide insights on the pandemic’s affect on low income households. Bold policies will be needed to avoid a large increase in poverty and help people access new and better jobs.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

The place for older consumers

Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling, reflects on a busy academic year looking at older consumers’ interaction with local economic development and e-commerce.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Bundle: International Women’s Day

This bundle brings together our relevant content on women’s role in local government as well as ideas for how councils can improve women’s position in society through policymaking, urban planning and better data.

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

Population density and workplace gender equality

This year, on International Women’s Day, SGS Economics and Planning’s Gerard Lind draws on new research which shows that while our inner cities have a much more integrated workforce, workforce gender segregation is greater in the suburbs and regions.

Australia Briefing

Family Hubs

Building on the established family centres providing targeted services and the universal services provided by children’s centres, the UK Government for England has encouraged the development of Family Hubs by local government. This briefing looks at the ideas behind Family Hubs, their current development and what might happen next.

England & Wales Briefing

White Paper on Ending Direct Provision and its impact on local government

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., last week published a White Paper to End Direct Provision and to establish a new International Protection Support Service for Ireland. The White Paper is examined in the following briefing with a clear focus on the local level and within that level, the leadership…

Ireland Briefing

Affordable Housing Policy: impacts on development feasibility

Many local governments are looking at ways to help address the shortage of affordable housing. This briefing explores options for local governments to increase the supply of affordable housing, and argues that a broad-based inclusionary zoning is likely to be the most effective mechanism.

Australia Briefing

Wexford County Council’s communication boards: Chambers Ireland’s 2020 Disability Services Provision award winner

With universal accessibility in mind for Wexford’s brand new public park, the Wexford County Council collaborated with the community and with speech and language experts to develop an interactive communication board for the park’s new playground area, winning them the Disability Service Provision award at Chambers Ireland’s Excellence in Local Government awards 2020.

Ireland Blog Post Blog