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.

Coastal Cities: unique challenges, unique solutions

August 16, 2017 by Hannah Muirhead

From port management and docklands regeneration to erosion and vulnerability to climate change, coastal cities face unique challenges that require unique solutions. LGiU Scotland’s Hannah Muirhead explores some of these issues and takes a look at what coastal city councils are doing about them.

Measuring local wellbeing – what data matters?

August 9, 2017 by LGiU

A new set of indicators aims to give local authorities a more sophisticated picture of the wellbeing – or otherwise – of their communities than has previously been possible using more traditional data sets. Patricia Curmi explains. Most local authorities know they need to approach decision-making differently in an increasingly complex and changing…

We need to shout louder: local government and Brexit

July 19, 2017 by Janet Sillett

Where is the voice of local government in the Brexit debate? You’d have to look pretty hard to find it, says Janet Sillett of LGiU. This isn’t my first blog to point this out, but it is surely more crucial now that that voice isn’t ignored, given the publication of…

Five years to make local government work for women

July 14, 2017 by Charlotte Maddix

This week saw the publication of LGiU’s report with the Fawcett Society on whether English and Welsh local government is working for women – the end result of a year-long Commission. As our research has shown, Scotland is behind the curve when it comes to female representation at a local…

Viewpoint: Kirklees Council takes a fresh look at local democracy

June 30, 2017 by LGiU

On Friday Kirklees Council publish their landmark report about the future of our local democracy: ‘Growing a stronger local democracy, from the ground up’, writes Diane Sims. The work going on in Kirklees is unique and remarkable, so we’re sharing it with our members in Scotland.

Scotland’s new political landscape

June 16, 2017 by Charlotte Maddix

Charlotte Maddix shares an update on the minority administrations and coalitions that have taken shape following the local elections. This post was updated 16/06/2017 to reflect the news from Edinburgh.  In every council bar one, the new administrations that will run Scotland’s services for the next 5 years have been formed. Next…

GE17 lite #4

June 8, 2017 by LGiU

We have arrived at election day and, hopefully, peak vitriol. This final edition of our short election series looks back at a campaign period that has thrown up surprises and unexpected moments for all the parties.  Is this the brexit election? A poll by Ipsos Mori taken before the election was called…

Children’s social care: the political party manifestos and the election debate

June 7, 2017 by John Fowler

Children’s social care – what local authorities do to protect children from harm, including taking children into care, and the fostering and adoption of children to new families – is one of those issues which has not featured in the 2017 election debates, writes John Fowler. Perhaps it was ever…