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 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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The future of Armed Forces Community Covenants

This briefing looks at the needs of the armed forces community in the UK. It explores measures that local authorities have taken to meet these needs through Armed Forces Community Covenants and outlines government plans for the future of Community Covenants.

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Closing the Gap: women and sport

This briefing summarises and comments on the findings of the Culture, Media and Sport Parliamentary Select Committee’s investigation Women and Sport published in July 2014, and the Government’s response to the report in October 2014. The briefing is relevant to all tiers of government and of particular interest to local authorities, non-governmental sports bodies, and…

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Care Quality Commission State of Care 2013-14 Report

The Care Quality Commission has produced its annual report on the state of health and social care in England, based on the CQC’s new, tougher inspection regime. A number of disturbing issues are raised in the report, including wide variation in standards of care within and between institutions, concerns about safety and safeguarding and the…

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): implications for local government

This briefing updates readers on the progress of the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and comments on its possible implications for local government, which could be significant. This briefing will be of interest to all local authorities and to members and officers working in policy, social care, health, procurement, commissioning, environmental…

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