Topic: Welfare and equalities

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



Swift Read: Measuring poverty

The Social Metrics Commission (SMC) produces an annual measure of poverty for the UK. This briefing discusses the impact of Covid-19 on the already insurmountable challenge faced by governments to solve the problems around child poverty and inequality.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Housing and Covid-19

Rough sleepers have moved into hotels, evictions are banned and house building is subject to social distancing. So what exactly has happened so far, and what are the main issues as the lockdown eases? We also consider what lasting changes the pandemic may bring about.  

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Health inequalities after Covid-19: challenges and opportunities

Covid-19 is shining a light on our society, and a prominent theme has been health inequalities. Social determinants like poverty, educational opportunities, worklessness and poor housing are interlinked and have a negative impact on health. This briefing considers emerging trends on health inequalities in the progress of the virus.

England & Wales, Global Briefing

The Homelessness Reduction Act: is it making a difference?

People who are homeless, or threatened with losing their home, are receiving more help due to the Homelessness Reduction Act. We mark two years of the act by looking at a range of data, including findings by two homelessness charities, to assess what has been achieved since 2018.

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Covid-19: It’s not equal in the end

Black and minority ethnic people and the poor are dying in disproportionate numbers from Covid-19. As the evidence mounts by the day will this pandemic mark a sea change in policy to tackle health inequalities in the future?

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Impact of Covid-19 on Children and Young people: The response starts locally

The Improvement Service have just published a report on the impacts of Covid-19 on children and young people. Rebecca Spillane, National Co-ordinator of Local Child Poverty Action Reports at IS, introduces this report and confirms local authorities need to be at the heart of the response.

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Covid-19: On the ground with a small charity

Earlier this week we published a briefing on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on smaller charities. Julia Clark, Director of Engagement at the Encephalitis Society got in touch to give us first hand account of the situation for one small charity.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog