This briefing tells the story of Fife’s journey towards the realisation that services need to meet Fathers' needs as well as Mothers', describing how the council took the necessary steps to rebalance services, and the resulting win-win for families.
This briefing summarises a short report by the Work and Pensions Committee on the future of the European Social Fund (ESF). The ESF is the oldest of the EU’s Structural Funds, and has always been designed to support people facing labour market disadvantage.
An estimated two million people suffer domestic abuse every year in England and Wales. We update members here on the latest developments to tackle abuse, proposed new funding arrangements and on the current consultation on the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.
Attempts to simplify the way benefits are administered through Universal Credit raised issues in relation to the way eligibility for the free early years entitlement and free school meals are assessed, and therefore potentially on the Pupil Premium funding for schools and early years establishments.
This briefing looks at the causes and consequences of poverty and deprivation in coastal communities in Britain. It covers unemployment and the related issues of housing, health and education, and then looks at some initiatives planned to overcome these disadvantages.
The Parliamentary Select Committee for Work and Pensions has produced two reports on the assessment process for PIP and EAS. The Committee's inquiry prompted an unprecedented response from the public, much of it reporting on individual experiences.
Migration levels have become a high profile issue over recent years and there are concerns over how well migrants are integrating into British life and the increasing levels of prejudice and hate crime. The government launched its Integrated Communities Strategy green paper in March 2018.
The DfE has launched a programme to improve the educational experiences and outcomes for children with additional needs and those living in challenging circumstances covering an external review of school exclusions which commences (evidence call closes 6 May); reforms to alternative provision; and a review of outcomes and support for children in need (evidence call…
England, Scotland and Wales have statutory concessionary travel schemes allowing free travel for certain groups of people. This briefing summarises the key evidence and findings from the DfT evaluation and looks at the changes that have been proposed in Scotland and Wales.
Hitherto, the introduction of Universal Credit has not affected the eligibility of Free School Meals, and other child related benefits such as access to childcare benefits. The Government will integrate these benefits into Universal Credit over the period up to 2022. The Government's plans for Free School Meals has become a heavily contested issue in…