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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JRF report: ‘Serving deprived communities in a time of recession’

The report by Annette Hastings, Glen Bramley, Nick Bailey and David Watkins, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) in January 2012, explores how budget cuts affect the capacity of English local government to meet the needs of more deprived households and communities.

There is real concern that more deprived groups will suffer the most. This report provides early, systematic evidence of the scale of the cuts and of how local councils are grappling with these issues.

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Inclusion London report: ‘All in this together?’

On 1 April 2011, Inclusion London published ‘All in this together? An evidence base on Deaf and disabled Londoners and the impact of past and future policies’.

The report reveals the profound barriers to equality faced by disabled people in London. Research conducted by the Office for Public Management (OPM), based on fresh analyses of national datasets and an evidence review, found that the austerity measures are likely to lead to worsening inequality and poverty among disabled Londoners.

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Report on the impact of spending cuts on older women in Coventry

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‘Getting off lightly or feeling the pinch? A human rights and equality impact assessment of the spending cuts on older women in Coventry’ was published by Coventry Women’s Voices and the Centre for Human Rights in Practice at the University of Warwick in July 2012.

The report concludes that taken together, the cuts to public services, and cuts to welfare benefits, pose a serious risk to the mental and physical health of the poorest and most vulnerable older women.

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Equality Duties Audit: Public Authorities in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire Rights & Equality Council

In June 2012, Northamptonshire Rights & Equality Council published an ‘Equality Duties Audit: Public Authorities in Northamptonshire relating to the publication of information and setting Equality Objectives’.

The Audit, carried out by Paul Crofts, notes that ‘all the public bodies in Northamptonshire that we examined for compliance with these simplified and less onerous duties, did not in our view do so – and are therefore probably acting unlawfully by failing to meet the specific duties imposed on them in law’.

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Report on ‘The Changing Nature of Equality under Big Society and Localism’

Voluntary Sector North West VSNW

‘Open for All? The Changing Nature of Equality under Big Society and Localism’ was published in January 2012.

The report into the impact of Government policy on Equalities Groups in the North West finds that:

  • Reforms have come at a cost
  • New forms of representation are weak and exclude equalities groups
  • Spending cuts are damaging voluntary sector capacity to deliver big society
  • The new policy framework is liable to reinstate old patterns of exclusion and discrimination
  • Implementation is disproportionately harming the most excluded
  • The capacity of equalities groups to participate and hold public bodies to account is heading towards a point of critical failure.

The report is based on research undertaken between February and October 2011 by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and the Centre for Local Policy Studies (CLPS) at Edge Hill University. Commissioned by Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW) and the North West Infrastructure Partnership (NWIP) the research has sought to undertake a focused review of the equalities impact and socio-economic implications of emerging government notions around localism and big society and policy reforms around welfare, health, and economic growth.

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