Topic: Welfare and equalities

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


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Drug and alcohol related deaths in Scotland and the UK: a national shame

2020 saw the largest number of drug-related deaths in the UK since records began in the 1990s. Perhaps it is time that drug reform policy follows the examples from abroad by moving away from the criminal justice lens and instead addressing the topic as a public health issue.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing

Supporting affordable housing delivery for a fair and just recovery: lessons from Europe

Background: the risks to affordable housing The pandemic caused an immediate rise in uncertainty across the whole housing market, halting construction activity and causing tenants and mortgage holders to suffer from adverse income shocks, leaving many people finding it difficult to pay their rent or mortgage. Across Europe, local government adopted immediate policy measures designed…

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
Members & Global Local

Global Local: Child friendly communities

How can local government engage children and teenagers in planning and deliver urban development that keeps the child in all of us in mind.


White working class pupils – Commons Education Committee

This briefing reviews the House of Commons Education Committee June report on the educational achievement of white working-class children. Using data gathered from England they found students have been “let down by decades of neglect and muddled policy thinking”.

England & Wales Briefing

Race and the police: two decades after Macpherson

Following the murder of Stephen Lawrence over 20 years ago, the police were found to be institutionally racist. Much has changed since the Macpherson report in 1999, but still the police face accusations of discrimination and racism. This briefing looks at an inquiry into race and the police by a select committee and at MPs’…

England & Wales Briefing

Independent living: the potential to empower

This briefing highlights the top priority of the disability movement to facilitate independent living by helping to empower disabled people and those with long term conditions to remain in control of their lives and live fully.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Podcast: Indigenous communities and local government

An amazing interview with City of Winnipeg Cllr Sherri Rollins about the importance of representation and how we all need to think like bosses for better democracy. Plus find out about the dirty tricks used to stop Chief Thunderwater’s local government reform mission.

Global Podcast Blog

Results week 2021: the issues and implications

Academic results have again been at the front of the news headlines recently. This briefing gives an overview of results week, particularly focusing on the 2021 A-level and Highers results and looks at the run-up to the 2021 examination season and the implications it holds for the future.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
Members & Global Local

Global Local: Indigenous communities

Local action to support the rights of Indigenous peoples and lessons that can support minority communities in every society.