Equality

No gender equality in local councils until 2077 data reveals

08/09/2021

Only 35% of councillors across England are women - which is less than a 1% increase since the 2019 elections - new data has revealed.

Catch-up policies must target poorer pupils, say researchers

07/09/2021

Four in ten children did not meet the minimum guidelines for learning time during the pandemic despite improvements in home learning, a report has found.

Disabled people 'failed' by key policy areas, think tank warns

03/09/2021

The pandemic has deepened inequalities in health, income and employment for disabled people, a think tank has warned today.

Democracy under threat: Elections Bill’s risk to people with additional needs

03/08/2021

Dr Mark Brookes discusses why measures to introduce voter ID could affect voter participation for those with learning disabilities.

Councils call for urgent action to tackle health inequalities

30/07/2021

The pandemic has 'cruelly exposed and exacerbated' health and social inequalities, council leaders have warned.

Changing Places toilet fund opens for bids

30/07/2021

Councils in England are being urged to apply for a share of £30m to install Changing Places toilets in public places and tourist attractions.

Government launches £1.6bn disability strategy

28/07/2021

The Government has launched a new strategy aimed at delivering accessible housing, easier commuting and better job prospects for people living with disabilities.

New funding to tackle racial inequality across Liverpool City Region

27/07/2021

New investment will see 22,000 local authority staff receive race equality training across Liverpool City Region.

Combined authority first to be awarded RACE quality mark

26/07/2021

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has become the first organisation in the UK to be awarded the RACE Equality Code.

Coastal towns have ‘worst health outcomes’, Whitty warns

21/07/2021

A national strategy is needed to tackle the serious health problems of coastal communities, England’s chief medical officer has warned today.

Inquiry finds people in poorest areas 'nearly four times more likely' to die from COVID

06/07/2021

People living in the poorest parts of England were almost four times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those in the wealthiest areas, new research has uncovered.

Childcare crisis deepened by pandemic, study reveals

01/07/2021

The availability and affordability crisis in childcare is being exacerbated by the pandemic and subsequent childcare closures, warns a gender equality group.

Northern cities and towns face a debt ‘avalanche’ warns think tank

23/06/2021

The withdrawal of COVID support this summer will hit people in the in the North and Midlands disproportionately hard and risks derailing the Government’s levelling up agenda, Centre for Cities has warned today.

White working-class pupils have been 'neglected' for decades, say MPs

22/06/2021

White working-class pupils have been 'let down and neglected' by the education system for decades, MPs have warned today.

Pandemic has increased attendance inequalities in schools, study finds

25/05/2021

Disadvantaged pupils are the least likely to return to school after lockdown, a new study has revealed.

Poorer areas see greatest fall in park visits

13/05/2021

The poorest areas have reported the largest fall in the number of people visiting parks and green spaces during the pandemic, new research has uncovered.

Public call for underlying inequalities laid bare by COVID to be addressed

05/05/2021

More than three quarters of UK adults are calling for action to address the underlying inequalities exposed by COVID, a new poll has revealed.

Everyone with a learning disability should have their voices heard in the local elections

04/05/2021

Emma Fraser explains why having a learning disability should never be a barrier to taking part fully in elections.

Only a third of local election candidates are women

04/05/2021

New research has shown that only a third of candidates in the English local elections are women, leading to concerns about a lack of gender equality in local government.

Council chiefs in Wales commit to become ‘diverse councils’

09/03/2021

Local authority leaders in Wales have agreed to ensure council chambers are more representative of their communities following the upcoming local elections.

COVID-19 has 'exacerbated inequalities'

17/02/2021

While the pandemic has brought communities closer together, 44% of people also believe it has increased social divisions, according to a new report.

Women on the frontline are 'exhausted' survey warns

17/02/2021

Women working in local government have warned the emotional, physical and financial impact of the pandemic is taking its toll, a new survey has revealed.

Disabled people accounted for six in 10 deaths from COVID-19 last year

12/02/2021

Figures have shown that six out of 10 people who died from COVID-19 last year were disabled.

School closures could costs hundreds of billions in lost earnings, study predicts

01/02/2021

The long-run cost of lost schooling could be as much as £350bn, a new study from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned.

New funding to improve life of mothers and babies

22/01/2021

The 19 projects chosen to share a £7.6m fund to reduce health inequalities among new mothers and babies have been announced by the Government.

London boroughs vow to do more to tackle racial inequalities

09/12/2020

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minorities shows there’s ‘so much more to do’ to promote racial equality, London borough leaders have said.

Public health cuts biggest in North East

09/12/2020

The Midlands and the North have suffered the biggest public health cuts in England, new analysis has revealed.

Tracing COVID-19 less successful in deprived areas, analysis reveals

07/12/2020

Tracing positive COVID-19 cases and their contacts is less successful in more deprived local authority areas when compared to the least deprived areas, according to a new analysis.

Report calls for an improved public health system to prevent thousands of premature deaths

30/11/2020

The public health system should be reformed to prevent at least 77,000 premature deaths every year, a new report has argued.

Ombudsman tells council to review its housing allocations policy

19/11/2020

East Lindsay District Council agreed to review its housing allocations policy to ensure it meets its equality duties following investigation by the Ombudsman.

Nearly 80 health groups join forces to press the Government to tackle health inequalities

26/10/2020

A coalition of nearly 80 organisations has been launched in order to pressure the Government into tackling health inequalities.

Child poverty has risen most in Northern areas and Midlands, research finds

14/10/2020

Child poverty has risen fastest in parts of the Midlands and Northern towns and cities in the past four years, new research has revealed.

Levelling up agenda would add £242bn to economy each year, research finds

05/10/2020

Successfully delivering on the levelling agenda would boost the economy by £242bn a year, new research has argued today.

Black people three times more likely to experience homelessness, figures reveal

02/10/2020

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups are being disproportionately impacted by homelessness, new figures have revealed.

Black working-class pupils criminalised by ‘two-tier education system’

29/09/2020

Black working-class young people in England are being unfairly excluded and criminalised by a ‘two-tier education system’, a new report says.

Progress on closing the learning gap has stalled, report warns

26/08/2020

The attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers in primary schools has increased for the first time since 2017, new figures have shown.

Waste incinerators more likely to be built in deprived areas, research uncovers

03/08/2020

Waste incinerators are three times more likely to be built in poorer areas than in the UK’s richest areas, an investigation has revealed.

Progress on ethnic diversity at leadership level has stalled, report finds

28/07/2020

Ethnic diversity in public sector leadership roles has failed to improve over the past three years, a new report has warned today.

Voter ID plans will have a disproportionate impact on BME people, campaigners warn

23/06/2020

Mandatory voter ID plans could bring ‘US-style voter suppression to the UK’, anti-racist and BME organisations have warned today.

Children 'cut adrift' due to four-year rise in poverty, campaigners warn

20/05/2020

Child poverty is ‘rising rapidly’ in Britain’s poorest communities, a report has warned today.

Think tank warns of growing educational gap during lockdown

18/05/2020

Children from better-off families are spending more time on educational activities than those from the poorest households, a think tank has found.

Two councils join forces to address health inequalities

06/05/2020

Two councils have joined together to tackle health inequalities affecting Black African and Caribbean communities.

Migrant women left unsupported during crisis, report warns

05/05/2020

Migrant women are at risk of being left without support during the Covid-19 crisis due to ‘hostile’ immigration rules, a new report has warned.

Deprived areas see twice as many deaths from Covid-19

01/05/2020

The most deprived areas have experienced twice as many deaths from Covid-19 than the least deprived, new figures show.

Life expectancy stalls for the first time in a century

25/02/2020

Life expectancy has stopped improving for the first time in more than 100 years, and has actually declined for England’s poorest women, according to a new study.

Government fails to 'break the grip of poverty'

07/02/2020

Poverty has risen for children and pensioners in the past five years despite efforts to ‘level up’ Britain, new research has revealed.

Newcastle first council to be named UK’s most LGBT inclusive employer

30/01/2020

Newcastle City Council has become the first local authority to claim the top spot of Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list.

Report calls for end of 'age apartheid'

07/01/2020

Radical action is needed to create ‘a country for all ages’ by 2030, according to a report published today.

Parish councillors call for childcare support

23/12/2019

Local councillors have urged the new Government to reform rules which prevent them from being able to claim childcare costs.

‘Horrifying’ lack of support for vulnerable men

18/11/2019

Only three councils are providing accommodation for male victims of domestic violence, a new investigation has revealed.

Tackling race inequality

06/11/2019

As Bristol approaches the first anniversary of its Equality Charter, Cllr Asher Craig says the city has forged ahead with initiatives to begin delivering real change to BAME communities.

Men dominate top table at combined authorities, research warns

04/11/2019

Only one in five with a vote at the top table in combined authorities are women, new research has found.

Tackle racial inequalities to promote growth in the North, think tanks says

16/08/2019

A new policy briefing has called for racial inequalities to be tackled as part of an inclusive economic growth agenda for the North.

Majority of top 1% of earners in South East, study reveals

06/08/2019

More than half of the top 1% of earners in this country live in London and the South East, new research has revealed.

Education disadvantage gap has ‘stopped closing’, think tank reveals

30/07/2019

Poorer pupils in the North are struggling to keep up with their peers, an education think tank reveals, as research shows the education disadvantage gap has stopped closing.

Homeless people denied access to healthcare, study finds

17/07/2019

Homeless people are being denied access to basic healthcare, a new study has revealed.

Councils still dominated by male politicans, says Fawcett Society

02/07/2019

Women’s representation in local government is ‘at a standstill’ according to the Fawcett Society.

Regional inequality and later life

18/06/2019

Amy McSweeney explains why action is needed to tackle the regional economic imbalance.

MPs to investigate UK's regional imbalances

14/06/2019

A new inquiry into regional imbalances in the UK economy has been launched by the Treasury Committee.

A crackdown on sexism is the first step towards equality

14/06/2019

For a senior woman in local government to be subjected to comments about her 'good breeding hips' is appalling, says Heather Jameson - and 'let's not even get started on BAME representation'.

Two councils given funding to help women back to work

13/06/2019

Seven successful projects to be given funding to help support women and carers back return to work have been named.

Some schools 'discouraging' admission of special needs children

11/06/2019

Children with special needs are being discouraged from attending some primary schools, education experts have warned.

National strategy to tackle inequalities in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

07/06/2019

Communities minister Lord Bourne has launched a national strategy to tackle inequality and improve the lives of gypsy, roma and traveller communities.

Helping to tackle bullying and harassment

28/05/2019

Sylvia Sage outlines how councils can tackle inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.

Campaigners question validity of survey on transgender rights

23/05/2019

Women's campaigners have questioned a survey by the City of London on transgender rights after nearly half the respondents were excluded from the results.

Council elections: Warning over lack of progress on female representation

02/05/2019

Only 34% of all candidates running in today’s local elections are women, new research has revealed today.

Peers call for a rebalancing of policies ‘in favour of the young’

25/04/2019

House of Lords committee has recommended ending free TV licences for over-75s, lowering the age for free bus passes and scrapping the triple-lock on pensions.

Scottish councils ‘lack diversity’, report reveals

11/03/2019

Women and ethnic minorities are underrepresented at the local level in Scotland and many face harassment, an equalities study has revealed.

Black Londoners ‘under-represented in local government’

05/03/2019

Black people are still under-represented in London's local councils, a new study has revealed.

Brokenshire gets Brexit breakdown from chiefs

31/01/2019

Chief executives have told communities secretary James Brokenshire Whitehall needs to be more joined up between departments and in its communications with councils over Brexit.

Holyrood urged to promote gender equality in education

25/01/2019

The Scottish government is being urged to establish a new commission to promote equality for girls and women in education.

Newcastle named best council for LGBT staff

21/01/2019

Newcastle City Council is the best local authority for LGBT staff inclusion, according to Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers 2018.

Glasgow CC offers ‘olive branch’ in equal pay row

25/10/2018

Talks were taking place today in a bid to settle the equal pay row that led to a two-day strike by more than 8,000 women in Glasgow this week.

Council staff to strike over equal pay claims

22/10/2018

Thousands of women at one of the UK's biggest councils are set to walk out on strike for two days this week over equal pay.

Damning report on leadership diversity

11/10/2018

‘Little progress’ is being made in increasing the diversity of senior leadership in local authorities, a report published today has found.

Council chiefs to launch campaign to recruit female councillors

12/09/2018

Local government leaders are set to launch a campaign to recruit more women as councillors.

Overcoming the gender gap in local government

12/09/2018

The decision by the Local Government Association to launch a campaign to recruit women councillors is a timely move.

Local government still male dominated, analysis reveals

10/09/2018

There has been 'virtually no progress' in women's representation in local government with nearly all councils being dominated by men, a damning new report has revealed.

Appointment panels hold unconscious bias

23/08/2018

Ian Thomas demands proportionate positive action to increase diversity in leadership positions.

Council facing £5m equal pay bill

26/06/2018

Fife Council has been warned it could face a £5m bill from a new round of equal pay claims.

Data on racial inequalities ‘inconsistent’, MPs say

11/06/2018

The collection of data regarding racial inequalities in public services is ‘inconsistent’, MPs have found.

Gender pay gap: what next for councils?

05/06/2018

Mark Whitehead finds out why two London councils have signed up to a new scheme to help women climb the career ladder.

Disabled people 'trapped' in unsuitable homes

11/05/2018

The equality commission has called for a national strategy to ensure disabled people have access to suitable housing as survey reveals only 7% of England’s housing stock meets minimum standards.

Funding for new peer reviews of children's services

01/05/2018

The Government has announced a £8.5m programme to help councils work together to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children.

Whitehall defends voter ID reform against accusations of ‘discrimination’

23/04/2018

The Government has defended its plans to require voters to produce ID when voting after watchdog warned reform may discriminate against ethnic minorities.

Inequality holding back growth potential of places warns report

19/04/2018

Inequality is holding back the full growth potential of places, according to the results of the annual Vibrant Economy Index.

Projects training women to be community leaders awarded £600,000

11/04/2018

Over £600,000 has been awarded by the Government to eight schemes, including projects that train women to become leaders in their communities.

Gender pay gap data - treat with caution

10/04/2018

Mark Whitehead explains why the new gender pay gap figures reveal a somewhat more mixed picture of what is actually going on.

Political parties must report ‘gender gap’, campaigners say

05/04/2018

Campaigners are calling on the Government to enact legislation to force political parties to report their 'gender gap' when it comes to election candidates.

The gender pay gap: local government's national perspective

05/04/2018

Why do some councils have a gender pay gap and how are they going to address it? Mark Whitehead investigates.

Councils praised for narrowing the gender pay gap

04/04/2018

Local government leaders have pointed to the high proportion of women in in lower-paid part-time jobs as the main reason for the differences in average rates compared to men.

Early figures suggest men earn 6% more than women in local government

28/03/2018

Men in local government earn on average 6% per hour more than women according to the latest data being collected by the Government.

Children should be at ‘the heart’ of the Northern Powerhouse, commissioner says

26/03/2018

Children should be placed at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, commissioner says as report reveals wide inequalities between children depending on where they are born.

Building a future: women in construction

26/03/2018

Women working in the construction industry are very much in the minority, but they could be a valuable source of much-needed skills. Mark Whitehead attended a round table discussion focusing on the issue and considering some solutions.

PM announces £90m to address ethnic inequalities in youth unemployment

19/03/2018

The prime minister today announced a £90m programme to address ethnic disparities in youth unemployment in the wake of the Government’s study of inequality within public services.

Research highlights lack of male staff in council nurseries

15/03/2018

New figures have revealed that only 5% of staff in the Early Years sector are male, leading to calls to 'widen the talent pool'.

North Ayrshire settles 500 equal pay claims

06/03/2018

North Ayrshire Council has settled hundreds of outstanding equal pay claims after months of delay.

A benchmark for website accessibility

20/02/2018

Bryn Anderson explains why all council websites and apps must meet minimum accessibility standards from this September.

Key factors for making local area ‘thrive’ revealed

19/02/2018

A Bristol-based charity launched a new report today into the key factors that make up a ‘thriving’ local area - and it goes beyond a narrow focus on gross domestic product.

Council faces legal action over outstanding equal pay awards

13/02/2018

Fife Council is facing fresh legal proceedings over the non-payment of equal pay awards, a trade union has warned.

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Sutton Council's IoT pilot project

David Grasty, head of digital strategy & portfolio for Kingston and Sutton Councils, outlines how in-home sensors have improved the safety of vulnerable residents living in social housing.
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