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.
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
Looking for briefings on a particular topic? Use the search box to explore our briefings archive or browse by category.
If you’re interested in writing briefings for us, or have any comments about content, get in touch.
Find a briefingSearch tip: For phrases, frame the words in speech marks – e.g “better care fund” for better results.
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.
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.
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 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.
This briefing focusses primarily on a recent Marmot briefing on life expectancy but also refers to other recently published analysis of recent data on health inequalities from the Kings Fund and research led by University of Manchester on regional health inequalities.
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.
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.
Vulnerable young people in residential care and re-integration into families: Multi-systemic Therapy
Summary The DfE published research report Multisystemic Therapy: Family Integrated Transitions – A feasibility study (July 2017) considers the feasibility of using a therapeutic programme developed in the USA to support young offenders in the community to support young people returning from residential care to home settings. This briefing considers the origins…
Summary This briefing considers the progress that has been made in the enactment and implementation of the twelve parts of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. Many parts of the Act required the introduction of additional regulations before they could be brought into force, and these have been issued at…