Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Children and Recession – report from APPG for Children

Summary The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children chose Children and the Recession as its theme for the 2010-2012 extended parliamentary year and reported back on the impact of the recession on children and how services are responding, including discussing examples of green shoots and innovative approaches being taken by service providers. Children and the…

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Local Government Finance Bill – update and supplementary information

This Briefing is an update on the various measures contained within the Local Government Finance Bill. During May, the Department of Communities and Local Government released a series of documents providing supplementary documents containing further detailed information on how the key aspects of the Bill will operate.

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Early Impacts of Work Experience

* Early Impacts of Work Experience is a peer-reviewed assessment of the Government’s Work Experience programme, a programme that received a great deal of criticism at the start of this year. * Its results suggest that Work Experience has been strikingly successful in helping its participants leave benefits and move into employment. * This briefing…

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Punishment and Reform: MoJ consultations

This briefing covers two Ministry of Justice consultations: Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences and Punishment and Reform: Effective Probation Services. The consultations, and this briefing, cover - Intensive community punishments - Restorative justice - Rehabilitation and reform - Competition in and commissioning of probation serves - Offender management - Strengthening local and diverse delivery…

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“Taking forward Community Budgets” Report from the Commons and Local Government Select Committee

'- The Communities and Local Government Select Committee has published its initial report on Community Budgets. - They believe that Community Budgets have the potential to bring significant benefits and transform the manner in which services are managed and provided. However, the Committee believes that it is too early to make firm conclusions. So it…

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Welfare Reform Act 2012

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 has been highly controversial. While the broad thrust of Universal Credit has been welcomed – simplifying a complicated benefits system and easing the transition into work – many of the specifics of the new benefit, particularly in relation to Housing Benefit, have received a lot of criticism. It is worth…

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Welfare Reform Act 2012

*The Welfare Reform Act puts into law one of the government’s flagship bills, which ministers claim marks the biggest overhaul of the benefits system since the 1940s. * This briefing explains the key components of the Act, including the merging of several benefits into Universal Credit, significant changes to Housing Benefit and Employment Support Allowance,…

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Budget 2012

This briefing details the main announcements relevant to local government from the 2012 budget: * It covers everything from new money for local development through to the proposals for Tax Increment Finance 2 (TIF2). *It provides an overview of the government’s tax policy as well as economic and budget forecasts. *It will be relevant for…

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Budget Briefing 2012: Headline announcements

On Wednesday 21 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget for 2012, setting out the Government’s plans for the economy and public finances in the year ahead. This briefing sets out areas of specific relevance to local government.

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Communities and Local Government questions and topical debate. Monday 12th March 2012

The Department for Communities and Local Government parliamentary questions session came on the same day as two announcements were made; a rise to £75k in the maximum amount of discount that a tenant can claim when exercising the Right to Buy and a related announcement on the New Buy Scheme, which is a mortgage indemnity…

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