What is the current state of the roll out of Universal Credit? We look here at two reports produced by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on benefits sanctions and UC; and at what is known so far (very little) about the new Work and Health Programme.
The last two years have been “strikingly poor” for living standards, and further hard times may lie ahead according to new analysis by the Resolution Foundation. Living standards are influenced by both economic conditions and government policy so policy makers can help improve disposable incomes through their policy decisions.
In this international briefing, we consider examples of how different countries are working to resolve homelessness. It touches on the Housing First model, as well as other initiatives that countries across the globe are implementing in their quest to end homelessness.
The Committee on Standards in Public Life has looked closely at the standards regime, and considers the significance of maintaining standards for the better governance of the council as a whole. It presents a stark warning that change is needed if councils are to retain a reputation for good governance.
This briefing explores Housing First as a possible solution to rising levels of homelessness amongst society’s most vulnerable citizens. We look at current trends in homelessness prevention in Scottish policy-making and set out what local authorities can do to aid the transition towards a Housing First approach.
The Nuffield Trust has looked at international comparisons of health and wellbeing in adolescence and early adulthood finding that, despite improvements, the UK compares poorly with other, similar countries in providing support to young people with long-term conditions to manage their care, and that this appears to be getting worse.
The news publishing industry has been losing readers and advertising revenue for much of the last decade. This contraction, resulting mainly from technological change and the way people consume news, is not just of concern to the journalists that it employs. It also has major implications for local democracy.
Officially there are 4,677 people sleeping rough in England - marginally fewer than a year ago but still close to three times as many as in 2010. We set out here the latest statistics.
In its inquiry the Women & Equalities Select Committee heard that employer responsibilities are poorly understood, and its report recommends a shift in the burden for tackling sexual harassment at work from individuals to employers who would be under an obligation to take responsibility for changing behaviours at work.
The latest report from the Schools Adjudicator takes an overview of the work on local authorities on a variety of school-related issues. This is part of our School Report briefing series, reporting on education in England.