Topic: Welfare and equalities

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


Moray welcomes Afghan refugees

Moray Council in Scotland has agreed to the settlement of 20 Afghan refugees, Cllr Theresa Coull writes that as a council and a community the best thing you can do is be friendly and supportive whilst they settle into a new environment.

Scotland Blog Post Blog

How much do people need to live on? JRF’s Minimum Income Standard 2021

Every year the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) publish their Minimum Income Standard which allows people to meet material needs and participate in society. This briefing focuses on how people on benefits or on the National Living Wage can reach the MIS in light of potential Covid-19 impacts.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Online Training: Understanding Disability Equality

The workshop is aimed at councillors and managers who are looking to understand the challenges faced by disabled people and the policy and service development needed to meet the needs of disabled people.

England & Wales, Scotland Event

How Toronto’s Newcomer Office is helping resettle refugees

Vera Dodic, manager of Toronto’s Newcomer Office, explains how their coordinating role between the City of Toronto and public and private partners is making the transition to a new life in Canada’s largest city easier for people who’ve had their whole lives turned upside down.

Global Blog Post Blog

All resettlement is local: refugee policy developed where it delivers

Despite international discussions of hosting refugees being at national level, the burden falls at the local level. While local government ought to have a larger voice in immigration policy, many municipalities globally have found innovative ways to support refugees and create localised immigration policies.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland Blog Post Blog
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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