Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Enabling Enterprise in Libraries

Enabling Enterprise in Libraries reports on the first phase of a project commissioned by ACE. The project explores how library services can widen their area of operations to generate significant income - without compromising the library service ethos. The income would be used to improve services.

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The 2014 Immigration Act

The 2014 Immigration Act received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014 and is now law. The Act covers the whole of the UK. The Act aims to make the UK the ‘least attractive destination for illegal immigrants by; * simplifying rules on the removal of illegal immigrants * extending powers of the immigration authorities to…

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Climate Change and Social Justice: A Review

* The review is part of a series by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (written by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) ) which aims to analyse the social justice implications of climate change in the UK. Using a rapid research assessment method to analyse literature, it also makes recommendations related to existing mitigation and adaptation…

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On Your Radar April-May 2014

On Your Radar provides regular updates on information from central government and other key organisations; looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. This edition contains: Government consultations Select Committee…

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Poverty in Suburbia: Smith Institute report

The Smith Institute's recent report "Poverty in Suburbia" examines the growth of poverty in the suburbs of towns and cities in England and Wales, particularly in the major conurbations. It argues that policy makers have glossed over poverty issues outside the inner cities and rural areas; suburbia is still perceived as relatively prosperous whilst in…

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Statistical Digest of Rural England 2014

The Statistical Digest of Rural England is a regular Defra publication covering a range of economic and social phenomena including employment, education, health, poverty, accessibility to services, and crime. This latest edition was published in March 2014. On a range of indicators, including health and poverty, rural areas tend to perform better than rural areas.…

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Universal Credit implementation: Monitoring DWP’s performance in 2012-13

In July 2013, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions announced major changes to the implementation timetable for Universal Credit (UC). In September 2013, the National Audit Office (NAO) identified a number of problems with UC implementation. The Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) decided to explore the likely impact of the development problems identified…

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English Housing Survey 2012-13

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published the results of its annual English Housing Survey for 2012-13 on 26 February. This briefing compares key findings for social housing with other tenures and reports some more detailed statistics for social housing.

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Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system

This report, published by the Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) on 2 April, summarises the evidence given in its inquiry into support for housing costs and welfare reform announced in July 2013. The WPC’s report contains detailed evidence of the impacts of various welfare reforms, including the Social Sector Size Criteria, the household benefit cap,…

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