Looking for some snappy information on local government in Scotland? Check out our facts and figures page.

What we are

LGiU Scotland is a policy information service dedicated to local government across Scotland. We work to inform our members by providing practical, up-to-the-minute intelligence on policy issues. Our services help public servants make policy, support residents and work more effectively with colleagues.

Our membership includes councils, charities, central government and public sector partners united by their interest in, and commitment to, providing the best possible local government services for citizens.

Nearly 5,000 people across Scotland receive our email bulletins every day – including MSPs, MPs, Conveners, CEOs, NGOs. Over 20 organisations, including local authorities, chambers of commerce, charities and public bodies have chosen to support us by becoming members. They help steer our priorities as well as gaining access to our member-only mailings. For subscription details – and offers of sponsorship – please contact us.

What we do

We offer:

  • LGiU Scotland Daily News – emailed out every day
  • LGiU Scotland Policy Briefings – emailed out (at least) twice a week
  • Workshops, roundtables and other events
  • Interesting and insightful blog posts

LGiU Scotland Daily News – out at breakfast, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year – summarises what the papers are saying about local government across Scotland. Our Policy Briefings – written by sector colleagues and academics in Scotland – explore current policy developments and themes in Scotland and beyond.

We aim to help both politicians and officers make informed and effective decisions.

How we work

As a not-for-profit organisation, we exist to help local government deliver – and so help local residents’ quality of life. We cover or comment on key policy development and legislation in Scotland. Through our sister organisations LGiU and LGiU Ireland, we also support local government and its partners across the UK. Our international briefings and contacts mean we can look beyond the borders of the UK for ideas, case studies and collaborations.

We work alongside other sector bodies including COSLA, the Improvement Service and SOLACE to complement and add value, and to and work in partnership where we can. We aim to help meet unmet needs – so we welcome requests and suggestions, for example to provide policy recommendations, or training events.

Our team are based in Edinburgh, while our wider network of associates are from all across Scotland.

To fund our service we work on a subscription basis – but we also offer free trials and low cost access so we can share our information with a wider audience. We have no party political alignment. We strive to be impartial at all times.

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