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.

GE17 lite #3

May 31, 2017 by LGiU

You can count the days to go on your two hands and once again here is our roundup of some mildly interesting election shenanigans. Plus all the usual links to more in-depth coverage in our members’ only policy briefings and other LGiU material. This week started with a bank holiday,…

GE17 lite #2

May 26, 2017 by LGiU

So there are now less than two weeks to go until polling day. Here is our second roundup of that curious bubble we like to call election, with links to more in-depth coverage in our members’ only policy briefings and other LGiU material. Social care at the top of the…

Clinching the deal: update on political control of councils

May 19, 2017 by Charlotte Maddix

As councils race to form administrations, Charlotte Maddix reports on how the political balance across Scotland is shaping up. More than two weeks on from the local elections, many councils have yet to form administrations. No council in Scotland – bar independent alliances in the island councils – was left in majority control…

GE17 lite #1

May 19, 2017 by LGiU

Not long now! Over the next three weeks we are going to do the occasional roundup on the blog of what’s going on in election world with links to more in depth coverage in our members’ only policy briefings and other LGiU material. Is that a manifestation of (real) policy…

Why did the Triborough fail? Lessons for Local Government

May 10, 2017 by Jonathan Carr-West

LGiU’s Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West on how the collapse of the Triborough partnership is about more than shared services – it tells us something fundamental about what’s been happening in local government.

Election day: new councillors, unexpected outcomes and reviewing local government

May 4, 2017 by LGiU

This election day, LGiU Scotland Director Andy Johnston talks new councillors, unexpected (and expected) outcomes and what’s in store for local government after these elections. Today, Scotland is going to the polls in its first local elections since 2012. Inevitably, the snap General Election called for June has both distracted from…

The unsung heroes of democracy are at it again!

May 2, 2017 by LGiU

Peter Stanyon, the Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA), asks you to spare a thought for all those who work behind the scenes to bring us the mechanics of democracy.

A week in the life of a Council Leader

April 26, 2017 by LGiU

Johanna Boyd, the first woman to lead Stirling Council and the youngest Council Leader in Scotland, blogs for us on what a week in the life of a Leader looks like. There is no such thing as a typical week for either a councillor or a Council Leader and that…

Elections around the world: France: The revival of citizenship?

April 20, 2017 by LGiU

Catherine Fieschi, Executive Director of Counterpoint, sees signs of a new force in French politics as Emmanuel Macron has found a formula that appeals to voters from different ends of the spectrum.  As French voters hurtle towards the 23 April and the first round of the French presidential election, the threat from the…