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 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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Census – key statistics published December 2012

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published significant further details of the 2011 census on 11th December 2012. This included Key statistics for England and Wales covering age, health, ethnicity, religion, marital status, accommodation, skills etc., supported by 44 data tables; three reports on international migration, religion, and ethnicity and national identity; and a comparison…

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Housing Report 3

In mid-November, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the National Housing Federation and Shelter published the third in a series of reports, Housing Report 3, which examine the government’s responses to the housing challenges it identified when it took office. All the reports assess progress by using a traffic light system to identify how things have…

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Welfare Reform Update

The Welfare Reform Act received Royal Assent on 8 March 2012. Since then, more detailed regulations have appeared which flesh some of the details of its main provisions in addition to a wealth of analyses that attempt to predict its impacts. This briefing summarises main developments since the Act received Royal Assent, covering the period…

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Autumn Statement: details and analysis

The Autumn Statement was announced by the Chancellor on Wednesday 5 December laying out changes to economic forecasts and budget proposals for 2013/14 and 2014/15. The statement had good news and bad news for local government, with some protection for 2013/14 but further cuts in 2014/15. Local government has welcomed some of the measures on…

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Local Government Finance Act 2012 – Council Tax Reforms

The Local Government Finance Act 2012 brings in arrangements for localised council tax support schemes to replace council tax benefit from April 2013. It also provides local authorities flexibility on the council tax that can be charged on empty homes and provides them with the freedom to publish council tax information on-line. This briefing will…

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Taking Possession: councils use of bailiffs: new report from the Local Government Ombudsman

The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) published (on 28 November 2012) Taking Possession: councils use of bailiffs, highlighting issues that have arisen from complaints about bailiff action by councils. The report is about the recovery of council tax, business rates and road traffic debts. The report outlines cases where they say inappropriate or unreasonable fees and…

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