Welfare and equalities

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

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Welfare Reform Update March 2019

What is the current state of the roll out of Universal Credit? We look here at two reports produced by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on benefits sanctions and UC; and at what is known so far (very little) about the new Work and Health Programme.

Scotland Briefing
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The Living Standards Outlook 2019

The last two years have been “strikingly poor” for living standards, and further hard times may lie ahead according to new analysis by the Resolution Foundation. Living standards are influenced by both economic conditions and government policy so policy makers can help improve disposable incomes through their policy decisions.

Scotland Briefing
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Welfare Reform Update March 2019

What is the current state of the roll out of Universal Credit? We look here at two reports produced by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on benefits sanctions and UC; and at what is known so far (very little) about the new Work and Health Programme.

England & Wales Briefing

Policy Developments and Responses to Homelessness in Ireland

Like the UK, Ireland has a homelessness crisis. The approach of the Irish government to dealing with the crisis has been markedly different to the UK government. Bob Jordan from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive explains what the response has been.

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Housing and planning round-up March 2019

This month’s round-up includes news on housing benefit, the Letwin Review, and social housing rent rises. It also lists ongoing consultations.

England & Wales Briefing
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Housing First: a solution for homelessness in Scotland?

This briefing explores Housing First as a possible solution to rising levels of homelessness amongst society’s most vulnerable citizens. We look at current trends in homelessness prevention in Scottish policy-making and set out what local authorities can do to aid the transition towards a Housing First approach.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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The Living Standards Outlook 2019

The last two years have been “strikingly poor” for living standards, and further hard times may lie ahead according to new analysis by the Resolution Foundation. Living standards are influenced by both economic conditions and government policy so policy makers can help improve disposable incomes through their policy decisions.

England & Wales Briefing
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Swift Read: Rough sleeping in England

Officially there are 4,677 people sleeping rough in England - marginally fewer than a year ago but still close to three times as many as in 2010. We set out here the latest statistics.

Scotland Briefing
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Are modern families waving or drowning?

Working Families and Bright Horizons Family Solutions have published their Modern Families Index, produced annually since 2012. It looks at how working families manage the balance between work and family in the UK.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Sexual harassment in the workplace: new responsibilities

In its inquiry the Women & Equalities Select Committee heard that employer responsibilities are poorly understood, and its report recommends a shift in the burden for tackling sexual harassment at work from individuals to employers who would be under an obligation to take responsibility for changing behaviours at work.

Scotland Briefing