Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Update on the Care Act

Following local government representations the government decided to postpone implementation of some of the Care Act, notably the cap on contributions and the increase in the threshold. What are the implications and will the savings made by the delay be used as additional funding for social care?

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Reception Year Baseline Assessment: Recent Research

The ‘baseline assessment’ of children starting reception class will be reintroduced in 2016. DfE commissioned research into how schools will manage the new baseline assessment. This briefing looks at the research.

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Care leavers’ transitions to adulthood – NAO

The National Audit Office has published Care leavers’ transitions to adulthood on the support for and challenges facing young people leaving local authority care. This CSN briefing looks at the report.

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Funding for disadvantaged pupils: NAO Report

The National Audit Office has published a value for money study on funding for disadvantaged pupils. This CSN Briefing analyses the report.

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Big-hitting Budget adds urgency to devolution plans

The need for local government’s strategic leadership role is more crucial than ever if we are to move to the “lower tax, higher wage, lower welfare” society the government aspires to.

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Making the Most of Universal Credit – Resolution Foundation

This briefing summarises and analyses the ‘Making the Most of Universal Credit – Resolution Foundation’ report, which provides a framework for assessing likely changes to the in-work benefit system in the July budget and further developments in Universal Credit.

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Modern Slavery Act 2015

This briefing summarises and analyses The Modern Slavery Act 2015, which provides law enforcement agencies with stronger legal tools to stamp out modern slavery.

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Council tax debt collection – harm to children – Children’s Society

Councils will wish to pursue families who default on the Council Tax payments. However, a Children’s Society survey in 2014 found that of four in 10 families who got into debt found that their Council was ‘not helpful’ or ‘extremely unhelpful’ to deal with, a figure higher than other creditors such as payday lenders and…

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Safeguarding Adults

The 2014 Care Act extended the definition of a vulnerable adult for safeguarding purposes and placed Adult Safeguarding boards on a statutory footing. This briefing summarises the guidance for implementing these new arrangements and should be of particular interest to new councillors and officers not directly responsible for safeguarding.

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Obesity-related health problems: the next great public health challenge

A number of recent studies and reports highlight the importance of tackling obesity by increasing physical activity and improving diet. Many people with an interest in public health now view this as the greatest health priority, requiring a concerted effort at national and local level.

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