Topic: Welfare and equalities

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


Raising new monuments: London’s first Black mayor John Archer

As we open Black History month, Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia writes about the launch of a new campaign by the council and the community to raise a monument to John Archer, the first black mayor in London.

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Poverty and the pandemic

People on low incomes in the UK have been disproportionately impacted by the health and economic impacts of Covid-19 and this may get worse as the economic crisis deepens. This briefing summarises some of the recent research on poverty and the pandemic and highlights potential policy implications.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Delivering recovery through the Sustainable Development Goals – case studies from across Scotland

As institutions across the world look for ways to “build back better” this briefing examines a Scottish Government review that brings together evidence, actions and stories on (pre-Covid) progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In summarising this report, case studies from local authorities across Scotland are used, and we explore how the localisation of…

Scotland Briefing

Green space, greener communities

Parks and other green space help people maintain their health and enjoy better lifestyles. But during the pandemic, some people are enjoying far greater access to green areas than others. We consider what councils can do to create not just more green space but greener communities.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Youth Justice – a review of recent developments

Away from intense public scrutiny in recent years, there have been significant developments in the youth justice system including a reduction in youth crime but also a significant increase in youth reoffending and racial disproportionality on who enters the youth custodial system. This briefing reviews recent developments.

England & Wales Briefing

Fear and Loaning

Niall Alexander, Affordable Credit Consultant and Associate with the Carnegie UK Trust, writes on how the pandemic has affected loans, outlining new findings from Carnegie UK Trust and Community Finance Solutions’ survey of not-for-profit affordable credit lenders.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Scottish Household Survey 2019: What can local authorities learn from the data?

Scottish Household Survey 2019 is a Scotland-wide face-to-face survey of a random sample of people in private residences. The topics covered are of importance to local authorities as they directly relate to services provision including housing, education, health care and cultural activities.

Scotland Briefing

Law, culture and local government engagement with indigenous communities

In this opinion piece, Dr Ed Wensing reflects on the lessons for local governments from the recent destruction of the historic rock shelters at Juukan Gorge and argues that local government needs to be more aware of Indigenous peoples’ rights and interests, regardless of how well the law currently provides protection.

Australia Briefing

In sickness and in health: how health and social care integration was supposed to work

This briefing looks at the background and intention behind the integration of health and social care in Scotland. It summarises the key legislation and guidance around setting up integration authorities and the models available, providing an overview of the boundaries within which integration must operate, and outlines the governance arrangements of different models.

Scotland Briefing