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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.

Don’t frighten the horses: the independence referendum and local government

March 13, 2017 by LGiU

Richard Kerley, Chair of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy, explains why the independence referendum won’t help local government with the day job. Whether your reaction to the First Minister announcement of yesterday is “Here we go… here we go… here we go…” or a more plaintive “Here we go – again”,…


Scotland and the 2017 Budget

March 10, 2017 by Hannah Muirhead

On Wednesday, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered his spring Budget to the House of Commons. LGiU’s Hannah Muirhead takes a quick look at what’s in it for Scotland, at the local level and on a wider scale, and at reactions from opposition parties and elsewhere.


International Women’s Day 2017: women in Scottish public life

March 8, 2017 by Charlotte Maddix

This International Women’s Day, Charlotte Maddix takes a look at why women aren’t better represented in Scottish local government (and how you can help change that). Earlier today we published a briefing on the experiences of women working in Scottish local government (LGiU Scotland members only). As we’ve pointed out…


25 years of council tax and little variation

March 1, 2017 by LGiU

Council Tax was introduced in Scotland in 1993, replacing the former Community Charge (Poll Tax). Council Tax helps to pay for Council services, is set locally, collected locally, and retained locally. With Council Tax currently at the forefront of minds in local government, LGiU Scotland Associate George Black, explores how much…


Quality coworking: small business success across Scotland

February 23, 2017 by LGiU

Claire Carpenter, Founder and Managing Director of the Melting Pot (LGiU Scotland’s home from home in Edinburgh) on supporting entrepreneurs, creating new social enterprises and making Scotland a world leader in coworking.  We launched the Coworking Accelerator Network, in November. The product of years of work from myself and the team…


Who pays for local services?

February 20, 2017 by LGiU

As the current spotlight remains firmly placed on local services as councils have decided on the levels of Council Tax increase for 2017/18, LGiU Scotland associate George Black looks at who it is that’s paying for these services, and how.


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.




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