Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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The Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper

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.

England & Wales Briefing
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DfE evidence calls: Exclusions, alternative provision and children in need

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…

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Concessionary travel schemes

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.

Scotland Briefing
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Free School Meals and Universal Credit – update

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…

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DfE commissioned Foster Care Review

There are 50,000 children in England in foster care at any point in time. Foster carers are selected by local government which assesses the children and funds the places. DfE has published a review of foster care. Proposals include: giving a greater voice in decision-making to the foster child; allowing foster carers to act more…

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Concessionary travel schemes

What are the economic and wellbeing benefits of the national concessionary travel scheme and what are the issues over its costs and usage? An evaluation provides key evidence and findings.

England & Wales Briefing

Equality in councils hampered by funding crisis

With women’s representation in the council chamber flatlining at 30 per cent over the last 20 years, International Women’s Day is an apt time to ask why, writes Jennifer Glover.  As supporters of local democracy, we all know how important it is that our political representatives and advocates reflect that diversity of the communities they serve…

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Mental health support in UK schools

The Place2Be published a study on the provision of mental health services to children and adolescents during the February 2018 Children’s Mental Health Week and found that school capacity and confidence to commission mental health and counselling services are perceived by those working in the field (both schools and psychotherapy services) as almost as big…

England & Wales Briefing