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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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Local Government in Belgium: decentralisation in progress

September 21, 2017

This briefing is one of a series looking at local government across the world. It outlines the structure and duties of the various levels of government and looks at the impact Belgium’s change from a unitary to a federal state 40 years has had on its local democracy.


Different Methods of Financing Capital Investment

September 19, 2017

This article looks at the different methods of financing capital investment, and the circumstances in which these different methods have been, and are being, used by Councils.


Developing commercial approaches

September 15, 2017

This briefing draws from recent LGA guidance in relation to councils adopting increasing levels of commercial practice, including establishing arms-length trading companies, but also draws from wider sources, including previous briefings from the LGiU.


Reducing Offending, Reducing Inequalities

September 14, 2017

In Scotland, the new legislation and strategy for community justice provides an opportunity to highlight an assets based approach to inequalities and offending and to tackle both. A new Health Scotland document, Reducing Offending, Reducing Inequalities has also been published.


Scottish Climate Change Bill 2017: Consultation

September 12, 2017

Scottish Government has released a consultation on a new Climate Change Act to replace the previous one published in 2009. It commits to a new, ambitious emissions reduction target of 90 per cent by 2050, putting Scotland in a global leadership position.



Past, present and future – heritage and a sense of place

September 7, 2017

In local government we often discuss the role of heritage in encouraging tourism and bolstering the local economy but we less frequently consider its role in helping to shape a place and strengthen its identity and the sense of place of its residents.


Learning from mistakes: The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

September 5, 2017

This briefing provides an introduction to the work of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO), focusing on the aspects of its work which affect local authorities, explaining what type of complaints the Ombudsman investigates and how, and what sort of, recommendations are made.




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