Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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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”.

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Race and the police: two decades after Macpherson

Following the murder of Stephen Lawrence over 20 years ago, the police were found to be institutionally racist. Much has changed since the Macpherson report in 1999, but still the police face accusations of discrimination and racism. This briefing looks at an inquiry into race and the police by a select committee and at MPs’…

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Independent living: the potential to empower

This briefing highlights the top priority of the disability movement to facilitate independent living by helping to empower disabled people and those with long term conditions to remain in control of their lives and live fully.

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Podcast: Indigenous communities and local government

An amazing interview with City of Winnipeg Cllr Sherri Rollins about the importance of representation and how we all need to think like bosses for better democracy. Plus find out about the dirty tricks used to stop Chief Thunderwater’s local government reform mission.

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Results week 2021: the issues and implications

Academic results have again been at the front of the news headlines recently. This briefing gives an overview of results week, particularly focusing on the 2021 A-level and Highers results and looks at the run-up to the 2021 examination season and the implications it holds for the future.

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Global Local: Indigenous communities

Local action to support the rights of Indigenous peoples and lessons that can support minority communities in every society.

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Health in coastal communities

Poor health in coastal communities is the focus of this year’s annual report by Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England. What is the scale of the problem and why are people living near the sea more likely to die younger and suffer from serious disease?

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Is it time for a new Beveridge? Modernising the welfare state post-Covid-19

Following recommendations from William Beveridge, the welfare state was introduced in the UK in 1945 to provide social security and a minimum standard of living for ordinary people. This briefing examines the parallels between 1945 and today’s pandemic-challenged society and the arguments for a new Beveridge settlement.

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IFS 2021 report: Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK

This briefing covers the 2021 report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) on trends in living standards, poverty, and inequality in the UK. The IFS publish regularly on living standards and inequality but in this report, there is a focus on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing