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.


October 18, 2017 by LGiU

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, says councils in North East England should make their voices heard over Brexit. We’re reposting this for Scottish members with an interest in how local government is handling Brexit (just) over the border. Virtually every element of Brexit affects local government, our communities and…

Reflections from the COSLA Conference 2017

October 13, 2017 by LGiU

LGiU Scotland Director Andy Johnston was a judge at the 2017 COSLA Excellence Awards. He reflects here on the experience, and what it tells us about local government in Scotland right now.

Two years of LGiU Scotland

September 29, 2017 by LGiU

Andy Johnston, Director of LGiU Scotland, marks the second anniversary of the launch of LGiU Scotland by noting how much has changed - and how that change is destined to accelerate.

Why place?

September 20, 2017 by LGiU

Prevention, performance, participation, partnership; the four pillars of the Christie Commission are now well-known. But what about ‘place’?

What is the Future of Scottish Public Sector?

September 8, 2017 by Hannah Muirhead

Following an event on the future of local governance in Scotland, Kim Fellows, James Mitchell and Hannah Muirhead summarise some of the ideas that emerged from the discussion

A Day in the Life: COSLA Chief Executive

August 30, 2017 by LGiU

In the latest instalment in our Day In The Life series, Sally Loudon, Chief Executive at COSLA, takes us through the ins and outs of one of her workdays.

Place of clear water

August 29, 2017 by Janet Sillett

My ‘place of clear water’, the first hill in the world where springs washed into the shiny grass and darkened cobbles in the bed of the lane. Anahorish, soft gradient of consonant, vowel-meadow, after-image of lamps swung through the yards on winter evenings. -Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney’s Anahorish is where…

Opening doors to young people? The Scottish Attainment Challenge

August 23, 2017 by LGiU

Mark Stewart, MSYP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, blogs for us on the Scottish Attainment Challenge: what it means for local authorities – and whether it’s worked.  It’s exam result time up and down the United Kingdom, with pupils opening envelopes to see the piece of paper that, they think, decides…

Affordable Credit: a historic development

August 22, 2017 by LGiU

When the Carnegie UK Trust published the Gateway to Affordable Credit report last year, setting out 18 recommendations for how affordable credit services such as credit unions and CDFIs could be extended to reach more people in Scotland people, we hoped to work with ambitious local authorities and affordable credit…