Topic: Welfare and equalities

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



Economic inactivity – who are the UK’s missing workers?

Nearly nine million people in the UK are economically inactive. Attention has focused on the ‘great retirement’ during the pandemic, however, the data reveal a more nuanced picture, with different factors in play across age, gender and geography. High rates of inactivity are bad for individuals and the economy, as this briefing explores.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Marked absent: why children are missing full-time education

School attendance has dropped dramatically since the pandemic, with children more like to be absent for reasons other than illness. Why has this occurred and what can be done to get pupils back into the classroom? This briefing investigates using attendance data for England.

England & Wales Briefing

Global Local: Think Tank Review April 2023

The monthly Global Local Think Tank review highlights relevant research and policy from leading think tanks around the world. This month: artificial intelligence (AI), economic inactivity after the pandemic, and low wage/precarious work. It also includes reports covering food systems, migration governance and wellbeing policy tools.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Publication

A Human Rights Act for Australia: How will it affect local government?

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released a Position Paper offering a model for an Australian Human Rights Act and associated reforms. This briefing provides an overview of the AHRC’s Position Paper and their proposed model and what implications this holds for local government.

Australia Briefing
Members & Global Local

Sharing lessons from Ireland and Spain on actions to tackle child poverty

This briefing explains the fundamentals of the EU Child Guarantee, compares the national plans from Ireland and Spain, and suggests some areas of action for local authorities everywhere to address child poverty.

England & Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing

England policy round-up: February and March 2023

This policy round-up for England looks at policy announcements and publications from February and March 2023, a period which began with a reshuffle and saw some important announcements, including the budget, a white paper on health and disability (aimed at supporting people into work) and ‘powering up Britain’.

England & Wales Briefing

State of the Locals 2023

This virtual panel hosted by the LGIU and Ipsos will bring together political and local government experts to share their predictions and ones to watch ahead of the 2022 local elections.

England & Wales Event