Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Hidden costs of school life – Children’s Commission Report

This briefing summarises the Children’s Society report, ‘At what cost? Exposing the impact of poverty on school life.’ The report addresses the Children’s Commission on Poverty’s examination of the hidden costs of school.

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Hunger and food poverty: all-party parliamentary group inquiry

This briefing summarises the main findings and recommendations from the APPG’s inquiry into hunger and food poverty in the UK. An Evidence Review explores the nature of hunger and food poverty across the UK, the role of food banks and the failure of Britain’s food system to provide universal access to healthy, affordable food.

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Winterbourne view – time for change

The ‘Winterbourne View’, commissioned by NHS England, makes a number of recommendations for how national and local organisations can work together to fulfil the government’s pledge that people with learning disabilities and/or autism and behaviour that challenges should not be inappropriately placed in hospital.

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DfE consultation: Young Carers’ draft regulations

This briefing summarises the DfE’s consultation on new regulations for young carers. The Young Carers’ (Needs Assessments) (England) Regulations will come into force on 1 April 2015 and will put into effect Section 96 of the Children and Families Act 2014, under which local authorities in England must assess whether young carers within their area…

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Update on public health and planning – Winter 2014

New reports relevant to local authorities have been published on physical activity (Public Health England), healthy-weight environments (the Town and Country Planning Association), active planning (Gloucestershire NHS), access to natural spaces (UCL Institute of Health Equity), environmental regulations (Healthy Places Forum) and global planning for health (Royal Institute of Town Planning). This briefing summarises and…

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Autumn Statement 2014: Analysis

On 3 December, Chancellor George Osborne delivered the Coalition’s last Autumn Statement before the next General Election in May 2015. This briefing provides an analysis of the Autumn Statement. This briefing will be of interest to members and officers in all types of local authority with an interest in corporate and strategic planning, finance, and…

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Universal Credit: Latest NAO Assessment

This briefing summarises the NAO Universal Credit update, published on 26 November 2014, highlights progress made since the Universal Credit reset. In particular, it examines how the DWP has: developed realistic and agreed plans; set out a clear long-term operating model for services and IT development; designed short-term services to inform and prepare for full…

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The Work Programme: latest assessments

The Work Programme (WP) began operating in June 2011 to help long-term unemployed people get and keep jobs. On 6 November, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) published a short report on Work Programme's performance. The PAC's inquiry drew largely on a report published by the National Audit Office (NAO) in July 2014, which reviewed the…

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Independent Commission on Local Government Finance

On 30 October, the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance (“the Commission”) published its Interim Report. This briefing summarises its contents and comments on them. The report invites further submissions from interested parties. This briefing also describes reaction to the interim report in the media and from the Government. This briefing will be particularly relevant…

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Carers strategy: second national action plan 2014-16

This update to the national carers strategy provides an overview of achievements since the last update in 2010 and sets out key action for the next two years. Major progress in identifying and supporting carers is being brought about by the Care Act and the Children and Families Act. The update encourages local areas to…

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