Topic: Welfare and equalities

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



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
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