Topic: Welfare and equalities

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


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Digital inclusion

This week’s edition focuses on the issue of digital inclusion. The Covid-19 pandemic rapidly accelerated the digitalisation of key services across the globe, from government to education to banking. As municipal leaders look towards recovery, they are faced with a widening digital divide, where both the scale and impact of digital exclusion are felt more keenly…


Using data to support digital and financial inclusion

Many households have experienced financial shocks over the past few years, how can a local data driven approach to inclusion support greater resilience?

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post Blog

“Closing the Gap”: A role for Local Government

This briefing provides a brief overview of the new National Agreement and the framework for implementation, followed by suggestions for what individual local governments can do to implement the National Agreement in their local and regional areas.

Australia Briefing
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Crime prevention and rehabilitation

While many local authorities are not actively involved in prisons or justice proceedings, they play a crucial role in crime prevention and helping people who have committed crimes to reintegrate into society. This edition of the Global Local highlights municipal initiatives helping to reduce violence, manage the impacts of crime and support at-risk people.

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October Think Tank Review

What are think tanks saying about levelling up, climate change, economic regeneration and more this month?

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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City deals: unlocking local government potential

As rapid urbanisation continues globally, cities and city regions are emerging as popular scales for subnational investment and innovation. Forming something of a global trend, ‘city deals’ and similar initiatives have been implemented in countries including the UK, France, the Philippines, Australia and the Netherlands.


Violence against women and girls – report of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary

In the UK, a woman is killed by a man every three days. A new report on the police response to violence against women and girls finds that, despite recent progress, improvements are urgently needed in national strategy, policing practices and local multi-agency responses to tackle this deep-rooted social problem.

England & Wales Briefing

Ending rough sleeping: the Kerslake Commission on homelessness

A Commission chaired by Lord (Bob) Kerslake has made wide-ranging recommendations on how to reduce homelessness in England and end rough sleeping. But how much notice is the Government likely to take and will it produce the desired results? This briefing looks at the commission’s report in detail and flags up its main proposals.

England & Wales Briefing With case study