Topic: Welfare and equalities

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



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.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
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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

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

Youth Justice – a review of recent developments

This briefing seeks to provide an overview of developments in the youth justice sector over the last 12 months and what might come next. This includes the recently published sentencing white paper, which is the subject of a separate and more detailed briefing: Sentencing White Paper: youth justice and criminal records checks. All the figures…

England & Wales Briefing

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.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Scottish Household Survey 2019: What can local authorities learn from the data?

Introduction SHS started in 1999 and from 2012 onwards the survey was redesigned to include elements of the Scottish House Condition Survey, including the follow up physical survey component. SHS is now essentially three surveys in one: Transport and Travel in Scotland Survey, the Scottish House Condition Survey, as well as SHS. The survey is…

Scotland Briefing

Law, culture and local government engagement with indigenous communities

In this opinion piece, Dr Ed Wensing reflects on the lessons for local governments from the recent destruction of the historic rock shelters at Juukan Gorge and argues that local government needs to be more aware of Indigenous peoples’ rights and interests, regardless of how well the law currently provides protection.

Australia Briefing

In sickness and in health: how health and social care integration was supposed to work

Background In 2014, the Public Bodies Joint Working Scotland Act was passed, with the aims of ensuring care was more joined up and in a homely setting; and achieving better value. As a result, 31 Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) now control £8.5 billion of funding for care across Scotland. Integration was the culmination…

Scotland Briefing