The LGiU Scotland blog is a space for us – and you – to comment on Scottish news, share opinions and debate issues facing local government in Scotland. You can comment on any of the posts below; if you would like to contribute a new post contact Hannah Muirhead.

Poverty, Participation and Power

November 28, 2018 by Isla Whateley

The Local Governance Review is taking place in Scotland at the moment and all stakeholders are being invited to contribute, both citizens and those in the public and private sectors. LGiU Scotland’s Isla Whateley attended the Poverty Alliance’s Annual Conference that focused on Democracy Matters, the strand of the review…

Brexit – A Case of Self-Imposed Damage?

November 20, 2018 by LGiU

In a personal view from Peter Brennan, Managing Director of EPS Consulting and Member of the Public Policy Advisors Network in Ireland, this blog reviews the current Brexit position from Ireland’s perspective.

Reflections on a visit to Auschwitz

November 16, 2018 by Janet Sillett

“No one can change the past; however the future is in our hands. Help us to preserve the authenticity of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Help us to warn humanity against itself. Do not allow history to become a deafening silence. Save the memory.” (Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, President of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation) The…

Hanging on the telephone

November 14, 2018 by Kim Fellows

Working in public services requires a great deal of connectivity – both with regards to phone signal and internet connection. But what about when you are based somewhere without a good internet connection? LGiU Scotland’s Kim Fellows blogs about her travels across Scotland recently and the difficulties she has faced.

Local Governance Review – the state of play

November 8, 2018 by LGiU

Introduction A review of local governance in Scotland has been underway for 12 months and aims to consider how powers, responsibilities and resources are shared across national and local spheres of government including with communities. It includes all public services. Communities and public services are currently being invited to set…

Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2018

November 7, 2018 by LGiU

This guest blog comes to us from Shelter Scotland, who are hosting their annual Scottish Empty Homes Conference later this month. Shaheena Din writes about the upcoming conference and the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, and you can register to attend here.

We must all do more to get the good news out there

October 17, 2018 by LGiU

The news we see on a daily basis can be overwhelmingly negative. But why is it important that we see positive news too, especially for local authorities? Simon Francis, from Campaign Collective social enterprise, blogs about their new positive media outlet The Rooftop and why it’s so desperately needed.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig: when culture drives economy

October 3, 2018 by LGiU

Can language and culture be drivers of economic development? In Skye it is just that. LGiU Scotland Director Andy Johnston blogs about his visit to the Scottish National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and what he learned from the project.

Period poverty: a worldwide issue

September 26, 2018 by Isla Whateley

With free period products being rolled out in schools, colleges and universities across Scotland, LGiU Scotland’s Isla Whateley looks further afield to see what the issues are with having periods on a more global level.

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