Topic: Welfare and equalities

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



Child poverty and low-income families

Child poverty has risen in every Scottish local authority over the past six years and around 1 in 4 children in Scotland live in relative poverty. This briefing sets out the situation in Scotland and explores some of the ways that local authorities are tackling this pressing issue.

Scotland Briefing

Children not in school – Home education and DfE policy

Attendance in schools is an important issue, especially when considering the support needed by children and their families in England as schools ease Covid-19 restrictions. This briefing covers elective home education and the establishment of an ‘educated at home’ register, plus the proposed new role for local authorities.

England & Wales Briefing
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January 2022 Global Local think tank review

Think tanks around the globe are looking at issues of community wellbeing, the health of democracy, use of AI and more. Get an overview of the latest thinking and research on local government.

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

Libraries: dedication to public service

Karen Fraser, Executive Manager at Shetland’s Library Services, writes about how, in this time of social crisis, libraries are needed more than ever and staff are rising to the challenge.

Scotland Blog Post Blog

Bundle: Cost of living crisis

The UK is going through what is being dubbed a ‘cost of living crisis’ in the media. There are many factors that are currently contributing to this problem. This bundle showcases the different components and the critical role of local government in the midst of these rising concerns.

England & Wales, Scotland Publication

The cost of living crisis

This briefing deals with the many components of the cost of living crisis – energy prices, accelerating inflation, earnings, taxes, and benefits – and how older households and families in inefficient homes are particularly likely to be badly affected.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Levelling Up the United Kingdom: White Paper analysis

This briefing deals with the four chapters of the Levelling Up White Paper which profile socio-economic disparities between areas in the UK; sets out a plan for re-configuring government; outlines the policy programme; and indicates what further steps are likely to be taken in the near future.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Early years and childcare round-up February 2022

The next instalment of our early years and childcare round-up focuses on recent research publications and what they show about the state of the sector, including the loss of provision during the pandemic and its impact on young children – especially those from a disadvantaged background.

England & Wales Briefing

UK Poverty 2022: the JRF’s essential guide

Two years since the pandemic started, some groups face better prospects in 2022 but others are mired in deep and persistent poverty, according to the JRF’s latest report. Whilst the direct economic predictions about the pandemic have not materialised, the poorest households face rising inflation, soaring energy costs and tax rises.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing