Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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The Cost of Troubled Families: DCLG report

This new report from the Troubled Families team in the Department for Communities and Local Government considers the financial case for local authorities and other agencies to invest in effective services for troubled families in order to make savings. The report and the briefing focus on the financial benefits of this investment. Previous reports looked…

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Dementia-Friendly Communities

This is a briefing on Dementia-Friendly Communities and what they mean for local government. The briefing covers: What is meant by the term ‘Dementia-Friendly Communities’ and why they are important What role Local Authorities can play in promoting and supporting Dementia-Friendly Communities Some national and international examples of progress in creating Dementia-Friendly Communities. The briefing…

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Calling government to account: a perspective on the CLG Select Committee

This briefing reviews the work of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee in the current UK parliament. It considers what to expect of a select committee – its role and remit – and what scope it has for influence. Information is provided on recent reports and current inquiries.The briefing is of interest to all…

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Council tax support schemes: what's happening?

The introduction of the new council tax support scheme (replacing council tax benefit) in April 2013 is a hugely significant reform. The new scheme has been brought in at the same time as a ten per cent cut in the funding available for support for council tax. This briefing summarises and comments on findings from…

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Council tax support schemes: what’s happening?

The introduction of the new council tax support scheme (replacing council tax benefit) in April 2013 is a hugely significant reform. The new scheme has been brought in at the same time as a ten per cent cut in the funding available for support for council tax. This briefing summarises and comments on findings from…

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On Your Radar January 2013

On Your Radar looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. This edition covers: Upcoming briefings Mid term review Prospects for local government in 2013 Key dates in welfare reform…

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The living wage

There is an increasingly interesting debate around the Living Wage. And, for once, it isn’t entirely party political. What do you think? What is the position of your local authority?

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The Living Wage and Local Authorities

This is a briefing on the Living Wage and how it relates to local government. The briefing covers: * A ‘what, why, who and where’ of the Living Wage * An update on the Living Wage and Local Authorities * A short comment on where next for the Living Wage The briefing may be of…

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Benefits Stigma in Britain

The report, Benefits Stigma in Britain, from Elizabeth Finn Care and the University of Kent, published in November 2012, attempts to define and measure the nature of and extent to which benefits claimants are stigmatised. The research on which it is based was commissioned amidst mounting concern that benefits claimants are becoming increasingly stigmatised, or…

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Energy Bill 2012

* This briefing provides a summary of the Energy Bill which is now before the House of Commons. * It establishes a new legislative framework for the delivery of secure, affordable and low carbon energy, and the availability of the £110 billion investment needed to replace current generating capacity and upgrade the national grid by…

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