Social Issues

Playing Out is one of more than 200 organisations in the UK that have come together to campaign for a Summer of Play to help children recover from a year when for long periods they were stuck indoors, unable to see their friends.

Commissioned every year by Trust for London and WPI Economics, London's Poverty Profile provides evidence and insight on poverty and inequality in London. This year's report looked at the distribution of health impacts, as well as considering how work, living standards and wellbeing have been impacted. It shows that London has been hit particularly hard, both in terms of citizens' health and its economy, compared to other parts of England. It also reveals that those living on the lowest incomes in the Capital have been disproportionally affected.

To mark Stalking Awareness Week two charities working in the field have published new information about this type of abberant behaviour: its prevalance, how to identify it, the effects it has on victims, how it is dealt with by the police, the rise in cyberstalking, changes resulting from the pandemic, and more.

Enfield Council has launched a crowdfunding appeal on Spacehive to raise money for home starter kits for homeless people who have been found somewhere to live by the council.

A petition to the government started by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford has so far gathered more than 250,000 signatures

Groundwork London are providing free downloads of Creating Communities: Cooking, Crafting and Gardening from Across the World at Home.

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The final report of the Enfield Poverty and Inequality Commission found that deprivation in the borough has increased in recent years and called on the government to review its funding arrangement for local authorities to help them tackle increasing poverty. The Commission made 27 recommendations which it says will make a significant difference to families with the lowest incomes in the borough. They include reforming the private rented sector, improving access to healthcare - including mental health services - revitalising youth services and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

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In an online interview former councillor Ingrid Cranfield discusses tackling the youth violence crisis and problems with the selection of candidates for safe council seats

Winchmore Hill resident Jean Robertson-Molloy explains why she became a leading campaigner for the government to issue an official apology for 'past adoption practices'