Topic: Welfare and Equalities

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Launch of the IFS Inequality Review (the Deaton Review)

12 Jun 2019 in Briefings

The Deaton review will investigate the causes and consequences of different forms of inequalities, and the ways that they can be reduced or mitigated; covering not only trends in economic inequalities, but also health inequalities and geographical inequalities, and inequalities by gender and ethnicity, among many other aspects.


The Finnish Basic Income Experiment: Preliminary Results

6 Jun 2019 in Briefings

Universal basic income is a universal and unconditional cash transfer from the state to all its citizens. The idea has attracted considerable interest, including in Scotland where a feasibility study undertaken by four local authorities is in progress. The Finnish experiment is considered here.


IFS Report: The Impacts of Localised Council Tax Support Schemes

30 May 2019 in Briefings

The recent analysis published by the Institute of Fiscal Studies of how local authorities have designed their local Council Tax Support (CTS) schemes attempts to explain variations in terms of different characteristics such as political control and the overall funding situation.



Disability and Incapacity Benefits and Universal Credit

16 May 2019 in Briefings

ESA claimants will be among the single largest claimant group within managed migration to Universal Credit. What are the implications of migration for this very large group of people? Recent reports have given some idea of the scale of the transition and how it varies among local areas.




Welfare Reform Update March 2019

26 Mar 2019 in Briefings

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.


Policy Developments and Responses to Homelessness in Ireland

21 Mar 2019

Like the UK, Ireland has a homelessness crisis. The approach of the Irish government to dealing with the crisis has been markedly different to the UK government. Bob Jordan from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive explains what the response has been.