Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Final report of the Independent Reviewer of Social Mobility and Child Poverty – “University Challenge: How Higher Education Can Advance Social Mobility”

This briefing summarises the final report of the Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility and Child Poverty by Alan Milburn MP. It also welcomes and provides commentary on its various recommendations from a local government perspective. Milburn focuses on universities in England and explores what they are doing to ensure their doors are open to the…

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Public Accounts Committee – Affordable Homes Programme

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published a report on the affordable homes programme (“Financial viability of the social housing sector: introducing the Affordable Homes Programme”) informed by a detailed National Audit Office study (NAO). This briefing draws from both. - The Committee concluded that it is not yet clear whether the Programme will deliver…

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Measuring Fuel Poverty

* Fuel poverty is a serious and deepening national problem affecting households with low incomes and high energy costs in particular. * This briefing summarises the findings of the Hills Review of Fuel Poverty which recommended a new way of defining and measuring fuel poverty, and the Government’s response which is consulting on implementing the…

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On Your Radar October 2012

On Your Radar 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 covers: Upcoming briefings Party conferences 2012 - main announcements and developments DCLG during the conference recess

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Consultation on revised Sustainable Development Indicators

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is completing the final consultation on a new set of national Sustainable Development Indicators (SDI’s). The consultation ends on 15 October and can be returned via an online survey: http://sd.defra.gov.uk/new-sd-indicators/ * The new set of indicators has been streamlined, with 68 being reduced to 37: 12…

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Making Every Contact Count: A Joint Approach to Preventing Homelessness

* Making Every Contact Count, published by the Ministerial Working Group on Homelessness, puts forward a strategy based on early intervention to tackle the root causes of homelessness. *It contains a number of Government commitments in key areas such as childhood, health, crime, unemployment and immigration. * It also promulgates a list of ten “local…

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On Your Radar August-September 2012

On Your Radar 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 catches up with what the LGiU and CLG have been doing over August. Briefings during August CLG…

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High Income Social Tenants – Pay to Stay consultation

This briefing covers two housing consultations; the most recent , the “Pay to Stay” consultation concerns the government’s desire to enable social landlords to charge high earning tenants a market or near market rent. The consultation closing date is 12 September 2012. The second consultation concerns the circumstances under which an offer of private rented…

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Listening to Troubled Families

Louise Casey has published this report “as a starting point” to get a deeper understanding of troubled families to help learn from successful interventions. It calls for a longer term view and is based on Ms Casey’s interviews with families in 16 local authorities, drawn largely from families involved in family intervention projects in 2006.…

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Children and Recession – report from APPG for Children

Summary The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children chose Children and the Recession as its theme for the 2010-2012 extended parliamentary year and reported back on the impact of the recession on children and how services are responding, including discussing examples of green shoots and innovative approaches being taken by service providers. Children and the…

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