Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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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
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The Housing Headwind

This briefing summarises a Resolution Foundation report published earlier this year on living standards and housing costs. It concludes that housing costs have reduced income growth to close to zero (possibly below) for more than half the population over time.

England & Wales Briefing
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City Living: Devolution and the Living Standards Challenge

The paper on city living from the Resolution Foundation is set in the context of devolution, which, despite current uncertainties, offers the prospect of devolved powers which leaders can use to improve the living standards of citizens. The focus of this first paper in a series is labour market performance.

Scotland Briefing
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DfE: Northern Powerhouse – education

The Government has set out a Norther Powerhouse School Education strategy based on additional resources improvement in teacher supply and the quality of school leadership; and developing Multi-Academy Trusts to raise ambition, focus on school improvement and facilitate better networking. This CSN Briefing looks at the strategy.

England & Wales Briefing
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Ofsted ‘Time to listen’ – a joined up response to child sexual exploitation and missing children

New multi-agency inspection arrangements were introduced in 2016 to look at specific children's services issues with Ofsted in the lead. Following 'deep dive' inspections of five local authorities, the first report, on child sexual exploitation (CSE), has been published. The findings are generally positive although the findings show there is still much work to be…

England & Wales Briefing
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A Scottish Government Consultation Exercise on the Future of Oral Health

The Scottish Government has opened a consultation on its new Oral Health Plan. This briefing discusses future of oral health, with prevention and reducing inequalities at its core, and will be of interest to those working in public health, child health and in health and social care partnerships.

Scotland Briefing
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National Evaluation of the First Troubled Families Programme

In January 2013, Ecorys was commissioned by CLG to lead a consortium providing an independent evaluation of the phase one troubled families programme. This briefing summarises the results of the evaluation.

England & Wales Briefing
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Homelessness in Greater Glasgow and Greater Manchester

A report from the charity Lifeline analyses homelessness data in the Greater Manchester and Greater Glasgow areas and considers how homelessness can be reduced along with the effects on health and wellbeing that are associated with it.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Housing and Homelessness – Where are we now?

Will the May government mean policy changes on housing or just a change in the rhetoric? This briefing looks at the evidence so far, and at the recent report from the CLG select committee on homelessness.

England & Wales Briefing
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National Citizen Service Bill

The Government has introduced the National Citizen Service Bill to Parliament to give a statutory basis to the National Citizen Service (NCS), the voluntary personal and social development programme for 15 to 17-year olds which gives youngsters the opportunity to take part in new experiences, develop skills and give back to their local communities. The…

England & Wales Briefing