Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Understanding community resilience in our towns – Hopeful Towns

There is a growing divide in economic fortunes and political values between the UK’s cities and towns. This report from Hope Not Hate focuses on the resilience of towns to social changes brought by immigration and diversity. Social and economic challenges can make places more susceptible to toxic political narratives.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing
Members & Global Local

Swift Read: Visible people – tackling gender mainstreaming in the Nordic states

Patrick Jowett explores how Sweden, Finland and Denmark have successfully worked to take a gender mainstreaming approach to policymaking and the transformative nature of these strategies at a national and local level.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing With case study

Planning for inclusivity: How Vienna built a gender-equal city

Low visibility of women’s experiences in the male-dominated field of planning can shape our environments to fit male norms, but it doesn’t have to be this way. LGIU’s Kat McManus writes on the benefits of applying a gender lens to planning and explores how Vienna became a role model for their application of this approach.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Invisible Men: Notes from the local government book club

Alice Buszard reflects on the ideas raised at LGIU’s first-ever local government book club meeting, where participants discussed “Invisible Women” by Caroline Criado Perez and considered how the information set out in the book could shape local government policymaking.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog
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Achieving greater housing diversity through the planning system

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is currently exhibiting the Housing Diversity SEPP – Explanation of Intended Effect. This briefing outlines the recent changes made to the Seniors SEPP, the proposed changes to the three housing-related SEPPs and the three new housing types.

Australia Briefing

Ending homelessness with data and evidence: invitation for councils

Dr Ligia Teixeira, CEO of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, fills us in on their newly launched What Works Community: Local Government initiative, which is recruiting local authorities to join it and focus on evidence-led methods of ending and preventing homelessness.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog
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Making sense of Covid-19 statistics: an update

The DHSC methodology for recording Covid-related deaths was recently changed. We examine this here, and also provide updates on ONS analysis of Covid-related deaths by geography, ethnicity, and occupation in England and Wales. Also dealt with is an ONS comparison of mortality across 29 European countries up to 30 June.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Excuse me… why is it women are not seen?

In advance of LGIU’s inaugural book club meeting on 27 August, Kim Fellows weighs in on Invisible Women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for men, and the exclusion of women in designing the environments around us – from PPE not fitting women’s bodies to Alexa not recognising female voices.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog