Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Squeezed Britain 2013

This document, produced by the Resolution Foundation, provides a detailed profile of the low-to-middle income group in the UK. An earlier briefing has dealt with the Resolution Foundation’s analysis of the causes of low income and of the stagnation in the group’s earnings growth over the past decade. The group comprise about one third of…

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Universal Credit: Local Support Services Framework

The introduction of Universal Credit (UC) will alter not only the structure of benefits but also methods of payment and claim management. Transition to the new system will alter the type of required support services for claimants and the DWP intends working with local authorities to help provide targeted local support. This document from the…

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Are Cultures of Worklessness’ Passed Down the Generations?

The aim of the research project from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on which this report is based was to examine whether an ‘intergenerational culture of worklessness’ exists and whether it plays a role in determining high and persistent levels of worklessness. It was carried out because the authors claim that the notion is popular among…

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Children’s Rights Reviewed: 2012

In this review of provision for children and young people in 2012, the Children’s Rights Alliance recognises progress in some areas, but it also warns that in some other areas the government has not met the challenges for their welfare posed by budget austerity in the public sector.

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Guide to the Local Government Finance Act 2012

The LGiU has published several briefings covering the key provisions in the Local Government Finance Act 2012 - particularly business rates retention and the localisation of council tax benefit. Attached to this is a guide to the act which brings the previous ones together and updates them. The briefings were written by Mark Upton, LGiU…

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The Cost of Troubled Families: DCLG report

This new report from the Troubled Families team in the Department for Communities and Local Government considers the financial case for local authorities and other agencies to invest in effective services for troubled families in order to make savings. The report and the briefing focus on the financial benefits of this investment. Previous reports looked…

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Dementia-Friendly Communities

This is a briefing on Dementia-Friendly Communities and what they mean for local government. The briefing covers: What is meant by the term ‘Dementia-Friendly Communities’ and why they are important What role Local Authorities can play in promoting and supporting Dementia-Friendly Communities Some national and international examples of progress in creating Dementia-Friendly Communities. The briefing…

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Calling government to account: a perspective on the CLG Select Committee

This briefing reviews the work of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee in the current UK parliament. It considers what to expect of a select committee – its role and remit – and what scope it has for influence. Information is provided on recent reports and current inquiries.The briefing is of interest to all…

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Council tax support schemes: what's happening?

The introduction of the new council tax support scheme (replacing council tax benefit) in April 2013 is a hugely significant reform. The new scheme has been brought in at the same time as a ten per cent cut in the funding available for support for council tax. This briefing summarises and comments on findings from…

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Council tax support schemes: what’s happening?

The introduction of the new council tax support scheme (replacing council tax benefit) in April 2013 is a hugely significant reform. The new scheme has been brought in at the same time as a ten per cent cut in the funding available for support for council tax. This briefing summarises and comments on findings from…

England & Wales Briefing