Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Tackling disadvantage in the early years – Commons Education Committee

The report finds that despite the government’s efforts to improve early years education, there is lack of direction in the approach. Reform of the 30 hours free childcare offer is sought to help disadvantaged children as part of a strategy to join up early years services and build on the success of children’s centres and…

England & Wales Briefing

Finding Sustainable Accommodation

Andrew Walker updates on the latest from the Homelessness Commission and the problems of finding sustainable rather than temporary accomodation.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
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Exploring the practicalities of a basic income pilot

There is a sense in many developed countries around the world that our social security systems are no longer fit for purpose. A Basic Income has been suggested as a solution to that. This guest briefing covers the recent Carnegie UK Trust report about the possibility of Basic Income for Scotland.

Global, Scotland Briefing
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Ending Homelessness and Rough Sleeping – Action Plan for Scotland

Scottish Government have published the report “Ending Homelessness Together: High Level Action Plan.” The report outlines a number of actions to end homelessness, improve housing access and get people off the streets. This briefing covers the actions outlined in the report and considers the role of local government in ending homelessness.

Scotland Briefing
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Sexual harassment in the workplace: new responsibilities  

In its inquiry the Women & Equalities Select Committee heard that employer responsibilities are poorly understood, and its report recommends a shift in the burden for tackling sexual harassment at work from individuals to employers who would be under an obligation to take responsibility for changing behaviours at work.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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JRF Report: UK Poverty 2018

The annual report produced by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) on poverty trends in the UK considers the impact on children, pensioners and people in work.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Financial Exclusion and Credit Unions in Scotland and the UK

As individual and family debt has increased, there has been growing interest in credit unions. Local authorities across the UK have played a significant role in promoting credit unions and financial inclusion. This briefing outlines some successful examples in both Scotland, England and wider.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing With case study
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Civil Society Futures: the independent inquiry

Civil Society Futures, a two-year independent inquiry into the future of civil society, aiming to provide a clear vision for the role of civil society in England over the next ten years, has been published. We summarise and comment on this comprehensive report in this briefing.

England & Wales Briefing