What are the reasons and objectives behind the drive for densification in South African cities generally and Johannesburg specifically? This briefing describes the policies to achieve densification in the city, why they have engendered animosity from resident groups and how the city is handling these objections.
Patrycja Kupiec, Director of YWCA Scotland, on their groundbreaking report and the culmination of three years’ research, The Status of Young Women in Scotland 2018, and what it means for young women in Local Government.
This report coincides with two anniversaries: the twentieth year of the National Minimum Wage and the fourth full year of the National Living Wage, started in 2016. Set against a background in which both main parties are committing to raising the wage floor, it considers progress in tackling low pay.
This briefing deals with a brief report by the Institute for Fiscal Analysis (IFS) which analyses the impacts of the Universal Credit (UC) reform on different household types; unusually, it examines the effect of the reforms over the long term.
Councils – as service provider, commissioner and community leader – have a range of roles to help eradicate modern slavery. South Tyneside’s Modern Slavery Strategy has identified opportunities to leverage its resources, powers and influence to work with partners to tackle this insidious crime.
How wide is the leadership gulf in the public sector? The Local Government Leadership report maps the gender and ethnocultural diversity of senior people in local authority organisations. Levels of ethno-cultural diversity are low. The position is better in terms of gender although it is still not good enough.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights has published his final report. It is extremely critical of the impact of austerity on vulnerable groups and of various aspects of welfare reform, particularly some design features of Universal Credit.
Piali Das Gupta was one of the Commissioners on the LGiU Homelessness Commission; following the publication last week of the final report and recommendations by the Commission she tells us about that experience.
Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, explains his authority’s multifaceted approach to regeneration, which takes in much more than the coastline.
This is the second briefing in a series that explores the local dimension of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 and Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-2022, which places obligations and responsibilities on local government to take local action to eradicate child poverty.