Topic: Welfare and equalities

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


Explainer: Climate change and biodiversity for local government

This primer introduces you to the role of local authorities in tackling the climate emergency and highlights three key areas of climate action. It is part of a series of primers, covering key local authority topics, which are aimed particularly at new councillors to help them settle into the role.

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Tiny houses: a neat homelessness solution or a reminder of the problem?

This piece was featured in our Global Local bulletin on ending rough sleeping and featured other examples of using tiny homes to address homelessness. As the ‘self-built tiny house tour’ genre of videos remains highly popular, it’s easy to see the appeal of these dwellings, with their cool space-saving tricks, sustainability and minimalist-yet-cosy interiors. Perhaps…

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Housing first: Ending rough sleeping

After steadily worsening for more than a decade, in many countries homelessness became an unexpected ‘good news’ story amid the Covid-19 pandemic as many governments found the political will to nearly end rough sleeping. In this newsletter, we’ve asked whether tiny house villages can be part of the solution, taken a deeper look at Finland’s success,…


IFS-Deaton Inequality Review: Labour market inequality

This briefing deals with a paper published as part of the IFS-Deaton Inequality Review focused on labour market inequality. The paper considers technological changes and skills demand, labour market institutions and contract regulation.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Equality and inclusive leadership in local government – stepping up

Two sessions relevant for senior managers and officers who want to develop their inclusive leadership practice and / or work in the area of equalities, as well as elected members who want to re-examine equality and diversity policies within their local authority and their leadership role within and outside the council.

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Beating the heat in Miami-Dade County: a coordinated approach

As the climate crisis worsens, extreme heat events are becoming an increasingly common across the world. These events pose a serious threat to life as well as to supply chains, infrastructure and economies. Miami-Dade County is one place that is leading the way in addressing extreme heat. In this article Mayor Daniella Levine Cava discusses…

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DfE (England) Green Paper: SEND Review: Right support, right place, right time

The UK Government for England has published a consultation on the future shape of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative education provision. The consultation closes at the start of July 2022. This briefing looks in detail at the proposals and what the Government is trying to achieve.

England & Wales Briefing

The Living Standards Outlook 2022 – Resolution Foundation

Two years after the first Covid-19 lockdown, the UK economy has recovered well but living standards are set to fall by 4% in 2022-23, according to new research from the Resolution Foundation. Low and middle-income households face the sharpest falls in their living standards for 50 years.

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Age-friendly communities

In this Global Local newsletter, we explore how local authorities are successfully adapting to become age-friendly across a range of sectors.