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.

25 years of council tax and little variation

March 1, 2017 by LGiU

Council Tax was introduced in Scotland in 1993, replacing the former Community Charge (Poll Tax). Council Tax helps to pay for Council services, is set locally, collected locally, and retained locally. With Council Tax currently at the forefront of minds in local government, LGiU Scotland Associate George Black, explores how much…

Quality coworking: small business success across Scotland

February 23, 2017 by LGiU

Claire Carpenter, Founder and Managing Director of the Melting Pot (LGiU Scotland’s home from home in Edinburgh) on supporting entrepreneurs, creating new social enterprises and making Scotland a world leader in coworking.  We launched the Coworking Accelerator Network, in November. The product of years of work from myself and the team…

Who pays for local services?

February 20, 2017 by LGiU

As the current spotlight remains firmly placed on local services as councils have decided on the levels of Council Tax increase for 2017/18, LGiU Scotland Associate George Black looks at who it is that’s paying for these services, and how.

A very different system: Ward boundary reform in Chicago

February 10, 2017 by Hannah Muirhead

We have just published a briefing on the processes behind and reactions to the recently changed ward boundaries in Scotland, so on the same theme, and in the spirit of international local government comparison, LGiU Scotland’s Hannah Muirhead gives a quick introduction to her other favourite ward boundary change process.

Brexit – local government on the sidelines?

February 8, 2017 by Janet Sillett

In a post-Brexit world sub-national government will be key to economic growth, rebuilding social cohesion and reconnecting people with democratic institutions, writes Janet Sillett. Local government must make that clear to Westminster and Westminster must listen.

All bets are off

January 10, 2017 by LGiU

It’s traditional to kick off the New Year with a ‘predictions for the year ahead’ article, write Andy Johnston and Jonathan Carr-West

2017 Local Government Elections in Scotland – New Political Blood?

December 21, 2016 by LGiU

As Next year’s local government elections approach, LGiU Scotland associate Lynn Murphy explores the representation of gender, ethnicity and disability in Scottish local government.   2016 has been an interesting year in politics. Next year’s UK wide local elections should herald an equally fascinating political landscape. We know that people enter…

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