Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Enabling Wellbeing: from the Welfare State to the Enabling State

In this briefing from the Carnegie UK Trust we examine first, the limitations of traditional models and then the new emerging paradigms based around wellbeing and an enabling state and, we highlight the key opportunity for local government in delivering the change required.

Scotland Briefing
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Community Food Strategies: local ingredients, national impact

Community Food and Health Scotland is a programme of work first established by government back in 1996, this briefing examines evidence from the programme’s most recent local activity, looking at how it can impact food insecurity and obesity at a national level.

Scotland Briefing
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The Future of Jobcentre Plus: Work and Pensions Committee Report

The report by the Work and Pensions Committee into the future of Jobcentre Plus covered the planned on-going co-location of JCP offices with other local services, such as council benefit teams and health services, and a process of devolution of employment services to combined local authorities and devolved governments

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Women’s representation in local government – Council Officers – Rising to the Top

When only 33% of councillors and 25% of local government chief executives are women, the Local Government Commission asks: does local government work for women? This is the fifth in our evidence session series. This meeting will examine how the changing shape of local government is affecting women's progression to and experience of senior roles.

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The Casey Review

The response to Louise Casey’s review into opportunity and integration in deprived and isolated communities was mixed. We summarise its key findings and consider the issues raised and critiques of the report.

England & Wales Briefing
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National Audit Office Report on Benefit Sanctions

The NAO has published a report on the implementation and impact of the sanctions regime. It is difficult to conclusively assess their impact. However, it is suggested sanctions may lead to extra public spending in local authority funded welfare support. The DWP does not intend to carry out further reviews.

Scotland Briefing
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State of the nation 2016: social mobility in Great Britain

The Social Mobility Commission's 2016 report is a long and very thorough look at parenting and early years; schools; post-16 education and training; jobs, careers and earnings; and housing. A large amount of data is used to illustrate and support the Commission’s analysis and argument for a new, longer term and more ambitious approach to…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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National Audit Office Report on Benefit Sanctions

The NAO has published a report on the implementation and impact of the sanctions regime. It is difficult to conclusively assess their impact. However, it is suggested sanctions may lead to extra public spending in local authority funded welfare support. The DWP does not intend to carry out further reviews.

England & Wales Briefing
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Ofsted: Annual Report of HMCI 2015/16

The Head of Ofsted, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, publishes an annual report on the quality of provision in early years, schools, further education and skills providers, and that made by local authorities and other providers for children's social care. This briefing is on 2015-16 report.

England & Wales Briefing