Topic: Welfare and equalities

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


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Regional inequality and centralisation

Can lifting up local be centrally led? The balance of fiscal and decision-making powers between central and local governments can be difficult to get right as we explore in this newsletter.


Towards creating a strategy for 20-minute neighbourhoods

So you want to implement a 20-minute neighbourhood strategy in your town or city – what next? This blog outlines the key requirements of a 20-minute neighbourhood before covering practical actions councils can take to formulate a strategy and start making changes.

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An unequal experience: the impact of Covid-19 on ethnic minority people

The LGIU published a briefing on BAME communities and Covid-19 in June 2020. It was clear early on in the pandemic that different Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups were being hit very hard by Covid-19. This is an update on that briefing.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Swift Read: How the hostile environment failed the equality test

Equality issues were ignored or disregarded by ministers and civil servants in drawing up legislation for the hostile environment, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said. But what did the Home Office do wrong, and what steps does it need to take to ensure the same mistakes are not repeated?

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

The IFS Inequality Review (the Deaton Review): 2021 Update

In May 2019, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) launched the IFS Deaton Review on Inequality. This briefing covers the materials that have been published so far, with a particular focus on geographical inequalities and the uneven impact of the Covid-19 crisis.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Helping local authorities to tackle homelessness through data and evidence

Following the success of the pilot, the What Works Community launches officially today; a programme helping local authorities improve their use of evidence and data to achieve results in tackling homelessness. Dr Ligia Teixeira, Chief Executive of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, tells us about their work so far – and how your council can…

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‘Build Back Fairer: The COVID-19 Marmot Review’ – the pandemic, socioeconomic and health inequalities in England

In February 2020 Professor Marmot described how health inequalities in England have increased over the last ten years. His December follow-up report details how Covid-19 and the response to it have had the greatest impact on people already experiencing health inequalities, and how this will widen the gap even more.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

A wellbeing council

This communication, imagined by Laura Catchpole, from a local government leader discussing the merits of a wellbeing council, is one of the scenarios that we are exploring as part of the new municipalism pillar of our Post-Covid Councils project looking at the future of local government.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing