Topic: Welfare and equalities

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


Collection: Tackling inequalities

This collection brings together LGIU’s content on tackling inequalities at the local level. It presents resources across a range of different inequality topics including, gender, housing and homelessness, poverty, youth and health.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Publication

England policy round-up: August and September 2023

Our England policy round-up services overview the key policy announcements and publications for local government.  The latest edition includes the government’s recent announcement to change the net zero by 2050 plans, the integration of Local Enterprise Partnership functions into local authorities, a paper on making better use of data around electric vehicle charge points, and…

England & Wales Briefing
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How other countries recognise their Indigenous people in their processes of government? Insights for Australia’s Voice to Parliament

This briefing looks at how Scandinavia, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand have made arrangements for the involvement of their Indigenous peoples in their processes of government in an effort to attain insights for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.

Australia, Global Briefing With case study

What if people really participated in local democracy?

As part of our LGIU@40 campaign we are asking fundamental questions about the future of local government. Here LGIU’s chief executive Jonathan Carr-West looks at the integral role of effective participation and how we can improve democratic engagement.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland Blog-article
Members & Global Local

Equity, equality, what makes a good life?

This briefing discusses two evolving areas of policy practice – indicator frameworks and resource allocation – to suggest that understanding the potential implications of equity- and equality-oriented approaches can greatly enrich local government approaches to policy design, communication, and implementation.

Australia Briefing

IFS Deaton Inequality Review: the distribution of public service spending

In May 2019, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) launched the IFS Deaton Review on Inequality, described as a “five-year study of the inequalities in society”. This latest briefing covers ‘The distribution of public service spending’ report, published in May 2023. 

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing

New connections for broadband affordability in South London

We’re all increasingly more reliant on digital services, but for some affordability is the biggest barrier. Anna Dent from Promising Trouble outlines the findings of new research on access and affordability and a project with two London boroughs to bridge the gap.

England & Wales Blog-article
Members & Global Local

Global Local: Money for nothing? Universal Basic Income

Local governments have played a central role in the development and implementation of basic income policies. This edition looks at what we’ve learned about universal basic income (UBI) from pilot projects  so far and discusses best practices for local governments undertaking basic income pilot projects, drawing on recent examples. We also look at work in…