Topic: Welfare and equalities

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


Members & Global Local

Childhood adversity and ACEs – the role of local government

Adverse childhood experiences have been described as “the biggest public health threat” we’ve faced in Scotland in decades. This briefing outlines what childhood adversity is, what can be done to improve outcomes, and what local authorities in Scotland are doing.

Scotland Briefing

Disability and Incapacity Benefits and Universal Credit

ESA claimants will be among the single largest claimant group within managed migration to Universal Credit. What are the implications of migration for this very large group of people? Recent reports have given some idea of the scale of the transition and how it varies among local areas.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

21st Century Working: meeting the challenges of a changing workplace

Millennials are set to make up 50% of the UK’s workforce by 2020 with Generation Z following close behind. This briefing explores these changes and looks at the ways in which local authorities can adapt in order to attract and retain younger talent.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Swift Read: Removing barriers for the seldom heard

This Swift Read looks at how local authorities can include as wide a range of people as possible in engagement and consultation. It will be of interest to officers and elected members with an interest in community engagement and empowerment.

Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
Free with sign in

The Irish Option – Changing the Way Councils Respond to Travellers

Tackling illegal traveller sites has always been highly contentious for councils. The Home Secretary has set out draft measures to make it easier to remove travellers from land they should not be on and also plans to consider making it a criminal offence to set up illegal encampments.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing With case study

Keeping the lights on: Robin Hood Energy

Robin Hood Energy (RHE) was established in 2015 when it became the UK’s first local authority owned gas and electricity supplier. This briefing outlines what was done, how it worked and what could have been done better.

Ireland Briefing

Swift Read: Rethinking fuel poverty in Scotland

This Swift Read explores why Scottish Government is redefining fuel poverty, the basis of the new definition, and its implications for policies that aim to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland.

Scotland Briefing

The Rising Tide of Child Poverty: Working in partnership to support children and families living in poverty in Edinburgh

Working in partnership is identified as a key priority in theory, policy and practice related to reducing child poverty, mitigating the broader impacts and closing the poverty related attainment gap. The 1 in 5: Raising Awareness of Child Poverty Project invites colleagues from education, social care, health and the third sector to its annual conference…

Scotland Event