Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Welfare and school uniform – two new Education Acts

Two private members Bills amending education legislation received Royal Assent on 30 April 2021: the Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Act 2021 and the Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Act 2021. This briefing describes the new legislation and comments on their application.

England & Wales Briefing

Special needs need special measures

The Government is expected to publish this month a Green Paper setting out its conclusions from the long-awaited review of special educational needs in schools and colleges in England. LGIU Associate Mark Upton provides us with a preview.

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Trussell Trust end of year statistics on food bank use

The Trussell Trust provides reliable long-term data on trends in food bank use and the reasons prompting people to turn to them. This end of year report considers the impact of Covid-19 and looks ahead at what could happen as the impact of Covid recedes.  

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Levelling up – what does it really mean?

What exactly does levelling up mean? And what are the key questions surrounding it? We look here at definitions, how it is being funded, and what commentators say it should include to be effective.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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The Finnish Basic Income Experiment: Preliminary Results

Universal basic income is a universal and unconditional cash transfer from the state to all its citizens. The idea has attracted considerable interest, including in Scotland where a feasibility study undertaken by four local authorities is in progress. The Finnish experiment is considered here.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing With case study
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Universal Credit and ‘Survival Sex’: WPC report and government response

In October 2019, the Work and Pensions Committee (the WPC) published a report on Universal Credit and Survival Sex. The DWP did not provide a response until early March 2021. This briefing summarises and comments on the WPC’s original report and the DWP’s response.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – EPI report

The UK Government for England is due to publish a Green Paper in June 2021 following a review of arrangements to provide support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) introduced by the Children and families Act 2014. The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has published a report assessing how fairly Special Educational Needs…

England & Wales Briefing
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Swift Read: Lockdown fines – who is paying the penalty?

More than 85,000 fines have been issued under lockdown rules in England alone, but is the system of fixed penalty notices fair or are some people wrongly fined by the police and local authorities? A swift read based on a report by a parliamentary committee looks at the situation.

England & Wales Briefing