Welfare and equalities

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


Viewpoint: Missing (half) the picture

Lack of diversity is stopping organisations – in every sector – from performing to their full potential, writes Jane Sankarayya. Most people in the country are probably unaware that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has just appointed three new special advisers, much less what their names are. As reported by LGC (£) last…

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Private rented sector – Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry

The private rented sector is an increasingly important part of the housing market. The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s inquiry considers the powers and resources available to local authorities to enforce standards in the private rented sector, with a particular focus on the experience of tenants.

England & Wales Briefing

Work and Pensions Committee Report on the European Social Fund (ESF)

This briefing summarises a short report by the Work and Pensions Committee on the future of the European Social Fund (ESF). The ESF is the oldest of the EU’s Structural Funds, and has always been designed to support people facing labour market disadvantage.

England & Wales Briefing

Free School Meals and Universal Credit – update

Attempts to simplify the way benefits are administered through Universal Credit raised issues in relation to the way eligibility for the free early years entitlement and free school meals are assessed, and therefore potentially on the Pupil Premium funding for schools and early years establishments.

Scotland Briefing
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Life’s no beach: poverty and deprivation in coastal communities

This briefing looks at the causes and consequences of poverty and deprivation in coastal communities in Britain. It covers unemployment and the related issues of housing, health and education, and then looks at some initiatives planned to overcome these disadvantages.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

PIP and ESA Assessments: Work and Pensions Committee Reports

The Parliamentary Select Committee for Work and Pensions has produced two reports on the assessment process for PIP and EAS. The Committee's inquiry prompted an unprecedented response from the public, much of it reporting on individual experiences.

England & Wales Briefing

The Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper

Migration levels have become a high profile issue over recent years and there are concerns over how well migrants are integrating into British life and the increasing levels of prejudice and hate crime. The government launched its Integrated Communities Strategy green paper in March 2018.

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