Welfare and equalities

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

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Access to elections: tackling disability

Summary Evidence has been accumulating that many challenges and barriers are built into the electoral process for people experiencing disabilities. While some measures have been taken to address mobility and visual issues, those with learning difficulties or mental illness are facing particular obstacles that are not yet being addressed. A Call for Evidence on access…

Scotland Briefing
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Swift Read: SNP Conference Autumn 2018

Eleven years after the Scottish National Party formed a minority government and took charge of Scotland for the first time, LGiU Scotland attended the three-day National Conference packed with fringe events, speeches, policy-making and much more.

Scotland Briefing
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Public Health in Scotland – New Insights

The publication in August 2018 of a report from the Scottish Public Health Observatory on the burden of disease attracted a considerable amount of interest and drew national attention to the Observatory’s work. This briefing covers the findings of this report.

Scotland Briefing
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Joint inspectorate report: Growing up neglected

The needs of neglected adolescents in the care system can be overlooked. Ofsted with the Care Quality Commission and the police and prison inspectorates have reviewed local practice for supporting older children finding the need for coordinated support for this often forgotten group.

England & Wales Briefing
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Housing and planning round-up November 2018

Private renting, homelessness, universal credit and the Letwin review of housebuilding all feature in this month's housing and planning roundup. There are also details of ongoing consultations covering the leasehold system, regulation in Scotland, and classifying second homes as holiday lets.

England & Wales Briefing
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Budget October 2018: Analysis

What progress has the government made towards its fiscal targets? We look here at the economic outlook as set out in the OBR’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook and at public spending announcements in Budget 2018, including those relating to housing, productivity, taxes, and welfare.

England & Wales Briefing
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Local Age Friendly Solutions in Ireland

Having an ageing population is one of the greatest challenges facing the developed world today, so in recent years, Ireland has taken significant steps to become an age-friendly nation. This briefing covers the work of Age Friendly Ireland and what Scotland can learn from this.

Scotland Briefing
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A Quiet Crisis – Local government spending on disadvantage in England

This report from the NPI and the Lloyds Bank Foundation traces the impact on service-level spend across services, between types of local authority and between areas. It finds some significant disparities underneath the headline figures, which raises questions about the sustainability of local services to tackle disadvantage.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing