Welfare and equalities

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

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Ending violence against women and girls

This briefing summarises Government plans to tackle violence against women and girls and draws on best practice in early intervention and local service provision across the UK.

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Monitoring the performance of the Department for Work and Pensions in 2012-13

This report by the Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) provides an assessment of the DWP’s performance during 2012 and 2013, based on its Annual Report and Accounts (ARA) 2012-13, and on additional evidence given by Ministers and senior civil servants. The WPC’s usual examination of the DWP’s Annual Report and Accounts (ARA) was delayed for…

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Tenant Engagement and Welfare Reform

This briefing can also be viewed as a pdf: Tenant Engagement and Welfare Reform Summary In November 2013 LGiU and Mears published Strong Foundations: Building better relationships between tenants and landlords. The report looked at the impacts of wide socio-economic developments on registered social landlords (RSLs), as well as the effects of changes to welfare provision.…

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Budget 2014: Analysis

Budget 2014 is the fifth presented by the coalition, and the last but one before the next General Election. The ‘headline’ provisions in the budget have been dealt with in earlier briefings (particularly those most affecting local government) and there have also been preview briefings, including the ‘Green Book’ analysis provided by the IFS. This…

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Update on Council Tax Support

This is the latest in a series of briefings on local Council Tax Support (CTS) schemes. It focuses mostly on a short report produced by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on March 11. The PAC took evidence from the DCLG, but also built on evidence in a report published in 2013 by the National Audit…

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Consultation on the Child Poverty Strategy 2014-17

The Child Poverty Act 2010 established a legal requirement for the UK Government to meet four targets for child poverty reduction by 2020. The 2010 Act requires the UK Government to publish and update a UK child poverty strategy every three years. The Coalition’s first child poverty strategy was published in April 2011. On 27…

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Challenges faced by the voluntary and community sector in supporting local services and developing resilient communities

* This briefing considers Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations and the role they play in the public sector, particularly in collaboration with local authorities * It assesses the impact of recent developments, particularly ‘The Big Society’ and the budget deficit * A range of nationally reported local authority VCS initiatives are listed and summarised…

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Household Food Security: Final Report for Defra

In a Parliamentary debate on food banks last December, attention was drawn to a study on food insecurity commissioned by Defra in early 2013 which had yet to appear. The report was published on 20 February 2014. This briefing outlines the aims of the research and its main findings. The report has appeared in the…

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The 2014 IFS Green Budget

This briefing deals with selected chapters in the latest IFS Green Budget, focusing in particular on the prognosis for the UK economy, the public finances, and incomes growth. Also dealt with are chapters on business rates, housing, and policies to help the low paid. This briefing will be of particular interest to members and officers…

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Viewpoint: Payday lending – how can councils help?

The LGiU is working with Citizens’ Advice to help councils better understand how they can support those falling into debt through use of payday loans. We hear from Ashley Scarfield, Campaigns Officer at Citizens Advice, who tells us about the launch of their new series of blogs on how local authorities can tackle irresponsible lending.…

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