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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.

A very different system: Ward boundary reform in Chicago

February 10, 2017 by Hannah Muirhead

We have just published a briefing on the processes behind and reactions to the recently changed ward boundaries in Scotland, so on the same theme, and in the spirit of international local government comparison, LGiU Scotland’s Hannah Muirhead gives a quick introduction to her other favourite ward boundary change process.


Brexit – local government on the sidelines?

February 8, 2017 by Janet Sillett

In a post-Brexit world sub-national government will be key to economic growth, rebuilding social cohesion and reconnecting people with democratic institutions, writes Janet Sillett. Local government must make that clear to Westminster and Westminster must listen.




All bets are off

January 10, 2017 by LGiU

It’s traditional to kick off the New Year with a ‘predictions for the year ahead’ article, write Andy Johnston and Jonathan Carr-West


2017 Local Government Elections in Scotland – New Political Blood?

December 21, 2016 by LGiU

As Next year’s local government elections approach, LGiU Scotland associate Lynn Murphy explores the representation of gender, ethnicity and disability in Scottish local government.   2016 has been an interesting year in politics. Next year’s UK wide local elections should herald an equally fascinating political landscape. We know that people enter…



Scottish Budget: our reaction

December 16, 2016 by LGiU

Today Scottish Government published its draft budget, the first in which new tax raising powers will be accommodated and the first since Brexit.


Show me the money: city deals and Scotland

December 14, 2016 by Kim Fellows

In these times of continued financial pressure, city deals feel like one of the most important opportunities that local government has. Kim Fellows reflects on the discussions at a recent Centre for Cities event.



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