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.

Where are all the women?

July 15, 2016 by Charlotte Maddix

In a week where we’ve seen the second ever female Prime Minister visit Scotland, it seems appropriate to look at local government and ask: where are all the women? In Scotland, we’re blessed with a tranche of party leaders who are visible, charismatic and – most importantly for the purposes of…

Brexit and local government

July 6, 2016 by LGiU

James Mitchell (@ProfJMitchell) AcSS, FRSE, professor of public policy and co-director at Edinburgh University’s Academy of Government, discusses what the EU referendum result means for local government in Scotland. Efforts during the EU referendum to put a figure on how much policy emanates from Brussels provoked wry smiles in local…

Certain uncertainties

June 29, 2016 by LGiU

What will Brexit mean for Scottish local government? We can't be certain yet, says the LGiU Scotland team. The only certainty is uncertainty.

The World Towns Leadership Summit: a new global agenda on towns

June 8, 2016 by LGiU

Phil Prentice, Chief Executive Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, introduces next week’s World Towns Leadership Summit. Find out more and book tickets here. On 15 and 16 June 2016 Scotland will play host to a world first – the World Towns Leadership Summit. Organised by STP, IDA, BIDs Scotland and…

Scottish cabinet reshuffle: the new local government team

May 19, 2016 by Hannah Muirhead

Hannah Muirhead, a recent addition to the partnerships team and based at LGiU Scotland in Edinburgh, introduces the new local government cabinet and ministerial team @HCIM90 After being formally sworn in as first minister, Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled her new cabinet and ministerial team, and we’re seeing some new faces in key…

Turning Denmark into a smart cities leader

April 18, 2016 by LGiU

Arup was commissioned by the Danish public authorities to complete a research study on the opportunity of smart cities for Denmark and the key next steps needed at a national level to bring the country to the forefront of the global smart cities market. Ina Dimireva explains.

Joining up local flooding policy

April 8, 2016 by LGiU

Dr Andy Johnston, chief operating officer of LGiU, reflects on the response to the recent flooding across the UK and why policymakers should prioritise flood recovery.

Scotland needs local solutions: #chooselocal

April 7, 2016 by LGiU

Scotland needs local solutions. Join the movement to put local democracy at the heart of Scotland’s future, says COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill.