GLA Conservatives report on human trafficking

A report by Greater London Authority Conservatives published in October 2013 claims that ‘authorities are still blind to the hidden slavery taking place in everyday environments’ in London.

‘Shadow City – Exposing human trafficking in everyday London’, calls on the Met’s anti-trafficking unit (SCD9) to be urgently protected from further integration into other units (it has already merged with vice, fraud, and extradition). Additional human trafficking units should also be established in other police forces across the UK so SCD9 is not overstretched by being obliged to assist investigations outside of London.

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GLA report: ‘The Economic Contribution of Older Londoners’

Greater London Authority GLA

Older people are often perceived as being a burden on their families and a drain on the public purse. In October 2013, the Greater London Authority (GLA) published a report, The Economic Contribution of Older Londoners, to challenge this stereotype. It values the economic contributions older Londoners make, through their paid work, caring for adults, providing childcare and volunteering, at £53 billion a year.


Report on ‘Race Equality in the South West’

Equality South West

Race Equality in the South West: Time for action (PDF) by Brenda Weston was published by Equality South West and the Black South West Network in September 2013.

The report concludes:

There are strong indications that at the same time as the infrastructure supporting and promoting race equality crumbles, and protections enshrined in the Equality Act are increasingly compromised by conflicting government messages, racism and the fear of racism is on the increase in the South West.

Research report: ‘A Human Rights and Equality Impact Assessment of the Public Spending Cuts on Women in Coventry’

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‘Layers of Inequality: A Human Rights and Equality Impact Assessment of the Public Spending Cuts on Women in Coventry’ is a joint report of Coventry Women’s Voices, Coventry Ethnic Minority Action Partnership, Foleshill Women’s Training and the Centre for Human Rights in Practice, School of Law, University of Warwick.

It was published in July 2013.

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EREN update report 2012/13


The English Regions Equality and Human Rights Network (EREN), is made up of voluntary sector organisations from all nine English regions with a broad equalities and human rights brief and a significant membership of associate networks in the Region that they serve.

Published in July 2013, this short update report from EREN describes the innovative ways in which organisations and networks have been striving to keep equality and human rights high on the agenda in the English regions.

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Sheffield Hallam report: ‘Hitting the poorest places hardest’

Sheffield Hallam University

‘Hitting the poorest places hardest: The local and regional impact of welfare reform’ was published by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University in April 2013.

The report, by Christina Beatty and Steve Fothergill’ finds that ‘the worst-hit local authority areas lose around four times as much, per adult of working age, as the authorities least affected by the reforms’.

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LGA/NYU report on ‘Youth services in England: the state of the nation’

In January 2013 the ‘Youth services in England: the state of the nation’ report was published.

This was produced by the National Youth Agency (NYA) on behalf of the Local Government Association (LGA) and provides a ‘state of the nation’ snapshot of youth services within England.

From the NYA’s work with local authorities it is clear that major revisions are underway in the way councils and their partners deliver the vital youth services that support young people’s well-being. In a number of areas, there is a particular focus on early intervention with vulnerable young people or on targeting limited resources to support the most vulnerable. It is clear that, whilst in a few places services are taking the difficult decision to no longer offer services for young people, in many more there was a strong ambition tofind new ways of delivery that go some way to meeting young people’s needs.

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brap data store on equality related statistics in Birmingham


brap’s data store includes data on Employment, Crime, Education and Learning, Housing, Health and Deprivation in Birmingham – all disaggregated by ethnicity, age, gender and any other relevant available categories.

This data store may be particularly helpful to Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations (VCSOs) working with disadvantaged groups.

If organisations have data they would like the public to know about, then please send it through to brap as they will add it to their website to build up a picture of disadvantage in Birmingham.

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For more information or to send through any information email brap here.


London Councils: ‘Tracking the reforms’

London Councils

Changes by the government to a number of vital social care, housing and welfare policies over the coming months and years will produce severe challenges for Londoners.

London Councils is tracking government reforms with ongoing policy, research and lobbying work illustrating how this will affect London boroughs’ resources and the lives of Londoners once implemented.

The London Councils website also has an interactive timetable of benefits reform in London to May 2016.

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CPAG and LASA report on ‘early impacts of welfare reform on London’

Child Poverty Action Group

‘Between a rock and a hard place: early impacts of welfare reform on London’ was published by CPAG and LASA in autumn 2012.

The report examines the early impact of welfare reforms across London. It finds that the reforms will create problems for local authorities and families with children, and makes recommendations to national, regional and local government, and to advice agencies, on how best to mitigate these.

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