Topic: Welfare and equalities

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



Early years and childcare round-up February 2022

The next instalment of our early years and childcare round-up focuses on recent research publications and what they show about the state of the sector, including the loss of provision during the pandemic and its impact on young children – especially those from a disadvantaged background.

England & Wales Briefing
Members & Global Local

Health inequalities

This Global Local newsletter focuses on global health inequalities. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted and exacerbated health inequalities, significantly impacting many people but also creating a new impetus to address the root causes more comprehensively than before.


UK Poverty 2022: the JRF’s essential guide

Two years since the pandemic started, some groups face better prospects in 2022 but others are mired in deep and persistent poverty, according to the JRF’s latest report. Whilst the direct economic predictions about the pandemic have not materialised, the poorest households face rising inflation, soaring energy costs and tax rises.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Growing pains: the problems with private renting in England

Private renting has grown considerably during the past 20 years, along with the problem of how to regulate it. Should it be largely left to tenants to exercise their rights or do local authorities need greater enforcement powers? This briefing examines findings by the National Audit Office.

England & Wales Briefing
Members & Global Local

Leveraging social procurement to close the gap

This briefing explores the ways in which social procurement policy offers local governments a mechanism to close the gap and improve the wellbeing of our First Nations populations.

Australia Briefing

Swift read: Tackling fuel poverty in Scotland

A national strategy to reduce fuel poverty in Scotland has been unveiled – including tighter regulation of housing and better support for households who face barriers making their homes more energy-efficient. This swift read looks at the key proposals.

Scotland Briefing

The IFS Inequality Review: gender inequalities

In May 2019, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) launched the IFS Deaton Review on Inequality. This briefing deals with the review’s work on gender inequality and focuses on the ‘Women and men at work’ report, published in December 2021.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing

Global Local: [true] crime and local government

We bring you a two parter this time. The first half is a great interview with Bradford’s Heather Wilson on how they’re working to help young people avoid crime, with a second half borrowing from the true crime genre with a localgov whodunnit.

England & Wales, Global Podcast Blog