How can we increase diversity in local government?

Throughout this week, the Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW) has run a series of blogs which focused on issues surrounding diversity in local government.  The PPIW was asked by Welsh Ministers to provide expert advice on increasing diversity among councillors in Wales.  Part of this work involved recognised expert …

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Working together to close the democratic deficit

Throughout this week we are discussing diversity in local government.  This discussion follows a request from Welsh Ministers to PPIW to provide expert advice on increasing diversity in local government.  On Tuesday, Dame Jane Roberts gave her opinion on the topic and yesterday Diverse Cymru discussed their work in relation to increasing representation of Black, Minority, …

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Diversity in Local Government

  Local councillors are not representative of the communities they serve.  The average councillor is white, male and more than 20 years older than the typical citizen.  The median age of councillors is going up – it is now over 60 and fewer than 10% are under 40.  In contrast, …

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What would work as a viable alternative to payday loans?

  Last week saw the launch of four major new research projects that will advance understanding of effective strategies for tackling poverty.  This important new research is part of the What Works in Tackling Poverty programme which is being led by the Public Policy Institute for Wales.  Victoria Boelman and Alice Sachrajda, from the Young Foundation, are …

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Harnessing growth sectors for poverty reduction

Today sees the launch of four major new research projects that will advance understanding of effective strategies for tackling poverty.  This important new research is part of the What Works in Tackling Poverty programme which is being led by the Public Policy Institute for Wales.  Professor Anne Green is leading …

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Increasing housing investment in Wales

As part of our first work programme, Professor Christine Whitehead of London School of Economics and Cambridge University provided advice to the Minister for Housing and Regeneration on approaches to increasing housing supply in Wales. Here she reflects on the current situation in Wales; exploring what underlies the slow growth …

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