Welfare and equalities

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

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Ready for Ageing?: The Government’s Response to the House of Lords Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change

In March 2013 the House of Lords Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change published its report of the 2012-13 session. The report raised concerns that public services are seriously underprepared for the dramatic shift towards an older population. The Government’s response outlines specific actions it is taking to address some of those concerns.…

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Catching up with August briefings

The LGiU published regular briefings as usual in August but as many people are on holiday then we thought it would be useful to let you have links to them here in case you missed ones you may wish to see.

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Turning the tide: Social justice in five seaside towns

• The think-tank Centre for Social Justice published a report called Turning the Tide on 5th August 2013. The report is a short study of five seaside towns – Rhyl, Margate, Clacton-on-Sea, Blackpool, Great Yarmouth – looking at how social breakdown has affected some smaller communities, asking what factors continue to hold them back, and…

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Fairness Commissions

A number of councils have established Fairness Commissions over the last three years. Although they vary according to local circumstances, there are some shared characteristics. The briefing considers the context in which the commissions have been set up and how they compare with previous initiatives. We give a brief description of each of these –…

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You know where you are with a good map

Siân Parkinson blogs on the importance of correctly mapping geographical data for local government, which can help improve impact assessments of national policies and help us better understand regional and local impact variations.

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Spending Review 2013: Analysis

On 26 June, the Government announced its second Spending Review, setting out the limits to departmental expenditure for 2015-16 and its intentions to 2017-18. As expected, the Spending Review indicates further cuts to public spending well into the next Parliament, deepening further the cuts that were announced in 2010. Within the public sector, local government…

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Lord Freud on Universal Credit

On Tuesday 25th June, Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, provided an update to the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group on the implementation of Universal Credit.

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Spending Review 2013 – Preview

• The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will announce the outcome of his Spending Review setting out departmental spending for 2015-16 on 26 June. • He he has announced that half of the departments have settled early including the Department for Communities and Local Government (though not covering local government funding) representing a third…

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