Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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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.

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Poverty in Britain: Causes, Costs, and Solutions

This Joseph Rowntree Foundation report brings together much of their poverty research and policy development over the past four years. There are a large number of recommendations for poverty alleviation, spanning across housing, the costs of essentials, labour markets and wages, education and skills, family support and elderly care.

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UK Poverty: Causes, Costs, and Solutions

This Joseph Rowntree Foundation report brings together much of their poverty research and policy development over the past four years. There are a large number of recommendations for poverty alleviation, spanning across housing, the costs of essentials, labour markets and wages, education and skills, family support and elderly care.

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Delivering value through the apprenticeships programme – NAO

The National Audit Office has reviewed the Government's programme of apprenticeship reform and found a risk that the drive to increase the number of apprenticeships is being done at the expense of delivering value for money. This CSN briefing looks at the NAO report.

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Can grammar schools work for everyone? A review of the evidence

Following the publication of the Government consultation paper 'Schools that work for everyone', there has been a public debate on selective education. This CSN briefing reviews the recent evidence that supports the debate.

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Immigration policy after Brexit: what next?

Although public opinion polling found a large majority endorsing a reduction in immigration, a more detailed survey indicates that attitudes are more nuanced. These findings, based on research conducted by ICM, are now presented in a policy report from the think tank British Future.

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NAO – Children in need of help or protection

This briefing can also be viewed as a pdf. nao-children-in-need-of-help-or-protection Summary The National Audit Office has published a report Children in need of help or protection examining the Department for Education’s progress in improving the system to help and protect children. It concludes that: ‘In 2010, the Department commissioned the Munro review because it considered children’s…

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Analysis of the Brexit vote

Two recent reports look at data associated with the EU Referendum. The JRF report analyses the voting patterns in depth, in terms of poverty, place and the individual characteristics of voters. The two reports emphasise how the national picture aggregates a complex, interlinked series of factors for individuals and communities.

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Social care for older people: Home truths

This report by the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust considers changes in local authority spending on social care for older people within the context of pressures relating the NHS, finance, the workforce, demand for services and the viability of providers. It also makes radical suggestions for the future.

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Social Housing in Scotland: A New Beginning?

Since devolution, Scotland has pursued a very different housing policy to England. The success of this divergence will show if the actions taken mark a new beginning for social housing and perhaps an approach that might be copied in England.

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