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Recent contributors include:

  • George Black CBE, Visiting Professor at the International Public Policy Institute of the University of Strathclyde, and former Chief Executive of Glasgow City Council
  • Professor John H. McKendrick, Glasgow School for Business and Society
  • James Mitchell, Director of Academy of Government, Edinburgh University
  • Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling and fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change
  • Plus regular content from our network of local government briefing associates and practitioners

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Enabling Social Action

May 23, 2017

The Office for Civil Society defines social action as people coming together to improve their lives and solve problems in their communities. They believe that when the public sector works with communities, social action can become a powerful way of meeting people’s needs.


IR35: Implications for Local Authorities

May 19, 2017

This briefing describes the changes to how IR35 are being applied from April 6 2017 in relation to public authorities. It describes the Government’s rationale for the changes, and some of the issues/objections which have been raised by various local government umbrella organisations/Interest groups.




RSA Inclusive Growth Commission: Final Report

May 12, 2017

Inclusive growth is defined as “Broad-based growth that enables the widest range of people and places to both contribute to and benefit from economic success. Its purpose is to achieve more prosperity alongside greater equity in opportunities and outcomes”


Participation Requests: supporting a dialogue

May 11, 2017

Participation requests are one of the new elements of community participation and consultation introduced in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. This briefing summarises the introduction of participation requests, a new right of community bodies seeking to influence outcomes in their areas of interest.


Getting new Councils up and running

May 9, 2017

This briefing looks at some of the issues which will have to be addressed by councillors and officers as Councils get fully up and running - from the making of political appointments, to training of members, delivery of manifesto commitments, and review of budget plans.


Local Elections 2017: the results

May 5, 2017

This briefing covers the net gains and losses across the UK, by political party. We look in more detail at the results across Scotland, England and Wales, including turnout, vote share and rejected ballots in Scotland. Finally, we cover the results of the mayoral elections for combined authority areas in England.…


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