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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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Swift Read: Smart Cities Data Cluster

July 27, 2017

Through data integration, data analytics, data science, and open data local authorities and their partners can explore new solutions and ways of working to achieve the change needed for cities to become Smart.


Reforms to the governance of schools in Scotland

July 25, 2017

This briefing looks at the substance of the Scottish Government's education reforms, where the proposals require further clarification, and the implications for Councils and other Council services.


Time for Change: Social Mobility Commission Report

July 21, 2017

The Government's Social Mobility Commission's Time for Change report on 'socially divided' Britain offers five key lessons which include making social mobility a central government goal by focusing on long term progress, allowing changes to take effect, and playing an interventionist role in regional development.


Closing the Attainment Gap: Early Interventions

July 20, 2017

This briefing focuses on early intervention and family literacy, summarising key barriers to attainment for disadvantaged socio-economic groups, and highlighting practical strategies with which LAs can provide coordinated strategic responses.


Brexit update June-July 2017

July 18, 2017

Summary This Brexit update focuses on the negotiations process, Brexit bills in the Queen’s Speech, the rights of citizens, issues from Scotland and the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and on the Repeal Bill.  Readers might find the parliamentary website page Brexit: next steps of UK’s withdrawal from the European…


Improving air quality in the UK: tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities

July 14, 2017

In May 2017, the government released its updated air quality action plan. The consultation ended on 15 June. The plan states that local authorities are “best placed to take the lead” on air pollution, but no new funding is announced. Anticipated incentives to discourage diesel car purchases were postponed.


How Health and Housing Connect: lessons from the workshop

July 13, 2017

LGiU Scotland teamed up with NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Public Health Network to hold a workshop on the connections that exist between housing and health. This briefing summarises the things we learned and the discussions that were had.


Country, regional and local fiscal balances

July 11, 2017

This briefing describes and reflects on the May 2017 publication by ONS of country and regional fiscal balances covering the period 1999-2016. The publication allocates public expenditure and revenue to England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the nine England NUTS1 regions.




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