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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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Community Food Strategies: local ingredients, national impact

February 16, 2017

Community Food and Health Scotland is a programme of work first established by government back in 1996, this briefing examines evidence from the programme’s most recent local activity, looking at how it can impact food insecurity and obesity at a national level.


Places, People and Planning: A consultation

February 14, 2017

Scottish Government has published proposals for reforming the planning system so that councils plan in ways that reflect community aspirations and provide priority infrastructure. It proposes a system where planning has a much bigger role in enabling development to happen.




New Map For Council Wards

February 7, 2017

Council elections in May 2017 will be held on new ward boundaries in most areas following the biggest electoral shake-up in Scotland since the introduction of proportional representation in 2007. This briefing explores the background, process, and reactions to the changes.


Brexit: What’s next for Scotland, the rest of the UK, and Ireland?

February 3, 2017

Brexit continues to dominate the news and parliament and must be always be in the minds of nearly everyone in local government. This briefing summarises the next legislative steps, the outlook for the economy, and the response to the current situation in the UK, Scotland and Ireland.


Making the most of places – a shift towards sustainable tourism

February 2, 2017

This briefing considers the opportunities that sustainable tourism offers, and the benefits it can bring to local authorities, in particular the potential for economic development through managed access to natural, cultural and built heritage.


2016: The Year of the Border

January 31, 2017

This paper will examine the increasing importance of borders on both sides of the Atlantic. In particular, the potential hardening of the previously tense border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland following the UK’s decision to exit the European Union.


Community, Parish and Town Councils

January 27, 2017

Scotland has some 1,200 community councils, established under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. This briefing will look at the role of parish and community councils as service providers across the UK in the wider context of devolution.


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