Welfare and equalities

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

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‘A National Mission with Local Impact’: Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan for Scotland 2021-22 to 2025-26

The Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan for Scotland details around £24 billion of major projects and large programmes, including a number of investments where tangible local socio-economic and environmental benefits are recognisable, which will be discussed in this Swift Read. This brief provides an outline to local authorities on what upcoming infrastructure investment may mean for…

Scotland Briefing
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Cross border family law and migrant children after the transition period

From the end of the transition period (31 December 2020), the current EU regulatory framework for cross border family law cases is likely to cease as the UK will need to rely on international conventions rather than EU law. This affects children of EU citizens in the UK (and children of UK citizens in EU…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Place, education and family background – what difference does it make to life’s course? – ground-breaking report from the Social Mobility Commission

The joining of school achievement information with income and welfare data at an individual person level will enable innovative research to be done on the life courses of those born from the late 1980s (for whom data was collected systematically from the mid-1990s through the National Pupil Database). The Social Mobility Commission, in a ground-breaking…

England & Wales Briefing
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Tackling Child Poverty: Scotland’s First Year Progress report, 2018-2019

This briefing summarises key policy progress updates delivered by Scottish Government towards achieving the aims set out in the ‘Every Child, Every Chance’ Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan published in June 2019. This briefing summarises key updates, actions taken and signposts to relevant resources and funds to provide senior leaders and members of local authorities…

Scotland Briefing

Raising new monuments: London’s first Black mayor John Archer

As we open Black History month, Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia writes about the launch of a new campaign by the council and the community to raise a monument to John Archer, the first black mayor in London.

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Poverty and the pandemic

People on low incomes in the UK have been disproportionately impacted by the health and economic impacts of Covid-19 and this may get worse as the economic crisis deepens. This briefing summarises some of the recent research on poverty and the pandemic and highlights potential policy implications.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Delivering recovery through the Sustainable Development Goals – case studies from across Scotland

As institutions across the world look for ways to “build back better” this briefing examines a Scottish Government review that brings together evidence, actions and stories on (pre-Covid) progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In summarising this report, case studies from local authorities across Scotland are used, and we explore how the localisation of…

Scotland Briefing
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Green space, greener communities

Parks and other green space help people maintain their health and enjoy better lifestyles. But during the pandemic, some people are enjoying far greater access to green areas than others. We consider what councils can do to create not just more green space but greener communities.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Youth Justice – a review of recent developments

Away from intense public scrutiny in recent years, there have been significant developments in the youth justice system including a reduction in youth crime but also a significant increase in youth reoffending and racial disproportionality on who enters the youth custodial system. This briefing reviews recent developments.

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Fear and Loaning

Niall Alexander, Affordable Credit Consultant and Associate with the Carnegie UK Trust, writes on how the pandemic has affected loans, outlining new findings from Carnegie UK Trust and Community Finance Solutions’ survey of not-for-profit affordable credit lenders.

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