This briefing deals with what is known so far about the Two Child Policy which began in April 2017. Through the policy, income support provided to families through tax credits, Housing Benefit or Universal Credit (UC), has been limited to two children.
Every year NatCen surveys over 3,000 randomly selected people about life in Britain and their views on how the country is being run. The latest survey gives an insight into changing social and political attitudes which will be of interest to local government as community leaders, service providers and employers.
What are the reasons and objectives behind the drive for densification in South African cities generally and Johannesburg specifically? This briefing describes the policies to achieve densification in the city, why they have engendered animosity from resident groups and how the city is handling these objections.
This report coincides with two anniversaries: the twentieth year of the National Minimum Wage and the fourth full year of the National Living Wage, started in 2016. Set against a background in which both main parties are committing to raising the wage floor, it considers progress in tackling low pay.
This month's round-up includes private renting licensing, stats on planning applications, right to buy sales, and the latest consultations. The big issue is housebuilding.
This briefing deals with a brief report by the Institute for Fiscal Analysis (IFS) which analyses the impacts of the Universal Credit (UC) reform on different household types; unusually, it examines the effect of the reforms over the long term.
Why should child poverty be measured? This briefing looks at the case for effective data to understand the scale and nature of the local problem, to benchmark local experience of child poverty against those of other areas and to measure change to ascertain the extent to which interventions are working.
Councils – as service provider, commissioner and community leader - have a range of roles to help eradicate modern slavery. South Tyneside's Modern Slavery Strategy has identified opportunities to leverage its resources, powers and influence to work with partners to tackle this insidious crime.
How wide is the leadership gulf in the public sector? The Local Government Leadership report maps the gender and ethnocultural diversity of senior people in local authority organisations. Levels of ethno-cultural diversity are low. The position is better in terms of gender although it is still not good enough.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights has published his final report. It is extremely critical of the impact of austerity on vulnerable groups and of various aspects of welfare reform, particularly some design features of Universal Credit.