Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Social Mobility: 2017 state of the nation report

The 2017 Social Mobility Commission report will be remembered for the one where all members of the Commission resigned soon after publication and the finding that “there is currently no overall national strategy to tackle the social, economic and geographical divide that the country faces”. This briefing looks behind the headlines, and finds there is…

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UK Poverty 2017: JRF Report

This briefing covers a report published in December 2017 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) which examines trends in poverty and their causes in the UK over the twenty years since 1995-96.

England & Wales Briefing
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Tackling Inequality – 2017 COSLA Excellence Awards

Every day, Local Government provides the services that we all rely on. Yet with constantly changing demands and pressures on resources, now more than ever before, creative, local approaches to challenges and opportunities are needed. This briefing explores some of these.

Scotland Briefing
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Thriving at Work – the Stevenson/Farmer Review

Thriving at Work aims to set out what employers can do to better support all employees, especially those with mental health problems, to remain in and thrive through work.

Scotland Briefing
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IFS Report: Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2017-18 to 2021-22

The IFS projects medium income growth over the next few years, but the falls in inequality seen since the recession could be reversed. The projections are subject to a number of uncertainties but are nevertheless a useful guide for assessing any further tax or benefit changes announced in the Budget.

England & Wales Briefing