Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Swift Read: Removing barriers for the seldom heard

This Swift Read looks at how local authorities can include as wide a range of people as possible in engagement and consultation. It will be of interest to officers and elected members with an interest in community engagement and empowerment.

Global, Scotland Briefing
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The Irish Option – Changing the Way Councils Respond to Travellers

Tackling illegal traveller sites has always been highly contentious for councils. The Home Secretary has set out draft measures to make it easier to remove travellers from land they should not be on and also plans to consider making it a criminal offence to set up illegal encampments.

England & Wales Briefing
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Keeping the lights on: Robin Hood Energy

Robin Hood Energy (RHE) was established in 2015 when it became the UK’s first local authority owned gas and electricity supplier. This briefing outlines what was done, how it worked and what could have been done better.

Ireland Briefing
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Swift Read: Rethinking fuel poverty in Scotland

This Swift Read explores why Scottish Government is redefining fuel poverty, the basis of the new definition, and its implications for policies that aim to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland.

Scotland Briefing

The Rising Tide of Child Poverty: Working in partnership to support children and families living in poverty in Edinburgh

Working in partnership is identified as a key priority in theory, policy and practice related to reducing child poverty, mitigating the broader impacts and closing the poverty related attainment gap. The 1 in 5: Raising Awareness of Child Poverty Project invites colleagues from education, social care, health and the third sector to its annual conference…

Scotland Event

Invisible People in 2019- Global Homelessness Series

Homelessness is a global problem that affects around 100 million citizens worldwide. Invisible People in 2019 is a public conference that brings together entrepreneurs, social workers, policy makers from two opposite sides of the globe – Scotland and Los Angeles, United States – to share their experiences with everyone interested in finding out more on…

Scotland Event
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Welfare Reform Update March 2019

What is the current state of the roll out of Universal Credit? We look here at two reports produced by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on benefits sanctions and UC; and at what is known so far (very little) about the new Work and Health Programme.

Scotland Briefing
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The Living Standards Outlook 2019

The last two years have been “strikingly poor” for living standards, and further hard times may lie ahead according to new analysis by the Resolution Foundation. Living standards are influenced by both economic conditions and government policy so policy makers can help improve disposable incomes through their policy decisions.

Scotland Briefing