Future of Local Governance: opening up access to data and taking advantage of new technologies

March 23, 2018

The Academy of Government has been hosting regular seminars on the future of local governance in Scotland. LGiU Scotland’s Charlotte Maddix takes us through what…

Basic Income – first steps in Scotland and where are we now?

March 21, 2018

The idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a feasible and effective welfare system is gaining increasing traction worldwide. Mandy MacEwan, Policy Co-ordinator in Communities & Neighbourhoods…

Gambling and local authorities: out of sight, out of mind?

March 14, 2018

Local authorities are going to have to publish revised Statements of Gambling Policy by January next year. Rob Burkitt of the Gambling Commission explains how these can…


Swift Read: Why and how to engage young people in policy making?

March 22, 2018

This briefing summarises the Children in Scotland report ‘The Impact of Children and Young People’s Participation on Policy Making’ to identify ways to involve children and young people in local policy making and improve the quality of policy decisions

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Reviving localism: three challenges

February 20, 2018

In January 2017, the LGiU committed to exploring three core policy questions over the course of the year: Finance: How should local government be funded? Democracy: How can we strengthen local democracy? Services: How do we design public services that are fit for the future? This series of essays draws…

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