Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Welfare Reform Update: January 2016

Welfare reforms remain complex and contentious. This briefing is an update on developments and covers three reports produced over the past year by the HC Work and Pensions Committee and the government’s responses to their recommendations

England & Wales Briefing
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Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation

The government has launched a new strategy to engage more people in sport and physical activity and harness sport for ‘social good’. The strategy acknowledges the strategic co-ordinating role of local government in delivering sport and physical activity opportunities.

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Teacher supply – update

There has been much public debate about the supply of school teachers and a claimed lack of applicants for teaching jobs. This CSN Briefing looks at the evidence ahead of a major report from the House of Common Education Committee on the issue.

England & Wales Briefing
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Children’s social care reform – Government plans

The Government is embarking on a widespread reform of children's social care services, and the DfE has produced a vision document “radically to reform the children’s social care system” over the course of this Parliament. This is CSN's briefing on recent announcements.

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Schools Adjudicator – 2015 annual report

The Chief Schools Adjudicator published her annual report at the end of 2015. Schools Adjudicator are now mainly concerned with deciding whether school admission arrangements comply with the DfE's School Admissions Code. This CSN briefing summarises the report including the appeals to the adjudication service and the reports by local authorities.

England & Wales Briefing
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Marmot Indicators 2015 by local authority area

How can councils respond to the Marmot Indicators - that provide a snapshot to the health of the population and of the factors that influence good health like childhood development? Related research suggests that how local politicians respond to this data can, over time, make a difference to local performance.

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Educational outcomes of children in care – recent research

Improving the educational achievement of children in care is a major priority for both local and national government. But what factors cause this underachievement, and what do we know about the in care experience that can reduce this underachievement. This briefing looks at recent research.

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Briefings 2015: policy and practice

We are looking back here to 2015 - the briefings represented give some idea of the wide range of issues covered, but also highlight key themes, and point to what will be dominant in 2016.

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Measuring Local Poverty and Deprivation – Beyond SIMD

This LGiU Scotland briefing is specially commissioned for our new programme for local government across Scotland. LGiU Scotland is delivered in partnership with Centre for Scottish Public Policy and Boulder Group. Contact us for more information. Summary There is no single or comprehensive definition of, or way of measuring, poverty or deprivation. The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation…

Scotland Briefing
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Employment support for a high-wage economy

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation report summarised here considers a redesigned role for employment support to increase earnings and reduce poverty. It recommends that a more local approach to commissioning and running employment programmes should be encouraged and facilitated; including encouraging city regions and combined authorities to bid directly for contracts

England & Wales Briefing