The LGiU Scotland blog is a space for us – and you – to comment on Scottish news, share opinions and debate issues facing local government in Scotland. You can comment on any of the posts below; if you would like to contribute a new post contact Charlotte Maddix.

Why place?

September 20, 2017 by LGiU

Prevention, performance, participation, partnership; the four pillars of the Christie Commission are now well-known. But what about ‘place’?

What is the Future of Scottish Public Sector?

September 8, 2017 by Hannah Muirhead

Following an event on the future of local governance in Scotland, Kim Fellows, James Mitchell and Hannah Muirhead summarise some of the ideas that emerged from the discussion

A Day in the Life: COSLA Chief Executive

August 30, 2017 by LGiU

In the latest instalment in our Day In The Life series, Sally Loudon, Chief Executive at COSLA, takes us through the ins and outs of one of her workdays.

Place of clear water

August 29, 2017 by Janet Sillett

My ‘place of clear water’, the first hill in the world where springs washed into the shiny grass and darkened cobbles in the bed of the lane. Anahorish, soft gradient of consonant, vowel-meadow, after-image of lamps swung through the yards on winter evenings. -Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney’s Anahorish is where…

Opening doors to young people? The Scottish Attainment Challenge

August 23, 2017 by LGiU

Mark Stewart, MSYP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, blogs for us on the Scottish Attainment Challenge: what it means for local authorities – and whether it’s worked.  It’s exam result time up and down the United Kingdom, with pupils opening envelopes to see the piece of paper that, they think, decides…

Affordable Credit: a historic development

August 22, 2017 by LGiU

When the Carnegie UK Trust published the Gateway to Affordable Credit report last year, setting out 18 recommendations for how affordable credit services such as credit unions and CDFIs could be extended to reach more people in Scotland people, we hoped to work with ambitious local authorities and affordable credit…

Coastal Cities: unique challenges, unique solutions

August 16, 2017 by Hannah Muirhead

From port management and docklands regeneration to erosion and vulnerability to climate change, coastal cities face unique challenges that require unique solutions. LGiU Scotland’s Hannah Muirhead explores some of these issues and takes a look at what coastal city councils are doing about them.

Measuring local wellbeing – what data matters?

August 9, 2017 by LGiU

A new set of indicators aims to give local authorities a more sophisticated picture of the wellbeing – or otherwise – of their communities than has previously been possible using more traditional data sets. Patricia Curmi explains. Most local authorities know they need to approach decision-making differently in an increasingly complex and changing…

We need to shout louder: local government and Brexit

July 19, 2017 by Janet Sillett

Where is the voice of local government in the Brexit debate? You’d have to look pretty hard to find it, says Janet Sillett of LGiU. This isn’t my first blog to point this out, but it is surely more crucial now that that voice isn’t ignored, given the publication of…

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