Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Equalities after leaving the EU

One consequence of leaving the European Union is to separate UK equality standards and protections from a fundamental EU set of principles and practice. This briefing outlines the issues raised by the Women & Equalities Select Committee, the Equalities & Human Rights Commission, and by the Scottish Parliament's research unit.

Scotland Briefing
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DfE Early Years Workforce Strategy

The DfE has published an Early Years Workforce Strategy to support the delivery of good quality early years provision for all children from birth to five years including the extension of 'free' childcare to 30 hours a week for children of working parents. A number of actions are proposed to promote entry into the workforce…

England & Wales Briefing

Preventing Homelessness – Issues and Challenges for Councils

In partnership with Social Finance we are hosting a free, half day conference in London on the issues and challenges associated with homelessness prevention. Date: 2nd May 1030 – 1430 Venue: Trowers & Hamlins LLP, 3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ The event is free to attend, and lunch will be provided. However, places are…

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Early Education and Childcare: Cost and Funding – DfE Research

DfE has published research on the cost and funding of early years childcare and education to understand better the charges to parents, the cost of the free provision, and cross-subsidisation within each type of early years setting. Charges for older children subsidise younger children is one of many findings.

England & Wales Briefing
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Catching up – Improving council tax arrears collection

The CAB report ‘Catching up – improving council tax arrears' identifies why people accrue arrears, how councils deal with them and how individuals manage the circumstance of being in arrears. It suggests ways councils can improve council tax collection by making it more person-centred and more responsive to individual circumstances.

England & Wales Briefing
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The Role of Public Libraries as Vehicles for Social Inclusion: Lessons from Canada

Libraries provide the perfect environment for social inclusive policies to be tested and implemented. Given the important role played by libraries and Canada’s rich multicultural heritage, this briefing will assess the role of public libraries in this integration effort, and outline how these developments could be applied to Ireland.

Ireland Briefing

Does Local Government Work For Women? Women in Leadership evidence session (Cardiff)

When only 17% of council leaders in England and 9% in Wales are women, the Local Government Commission asks: does local government work for women? This is the sixth in our evidence session series and will explore women’s representation in the most senior roles, profile and celebrate women in leadership.

England & Wales Event