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.

The Commission on Local Tax Reform: the problem of squaring circles

December 14, 2015 by LGiU

Professor Richard Kerley, Chair of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy covers the final report from the Commission on Local Tax Reform, which was presented today at Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth. It always used to be the case that the reports of Commissions and Committees were visually dull. Perhaps the odd map or…

Making wise decisions

December 9, 2015 by LGiU

Marion Macleod, Policy Manager at Children in Scotland, explains why we need to really understand what the evidence is telling us when we make decisions. A recent briefing on the LGiU Scotland website discussed how an evidence base is needed to support policy decisions. At a time when we are faced…

The UK Spending Review and Scottish Local Government

November 25, 2015 by LGiU

David Bell is Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling and ESRC Research Fellow at the Centre on Constitutional Change, discusses the impact of the UK Spending Review on Scottish councils.

Ensuring gambling compliance

November 5, 2015 by LGiU

Patrick Browne is a Local Authority Partnership Specialist at the Gambling Commission. There are few issues that have consistently been higher up the agenda of politicians and local elected representatives over the last few years than gambling and the protection of vulnerable groups and young people from gambling-related harm. The Gambling…

Reflections on a prospective Scottish ‘devolution journey’

October 29, 2015 by David Marlow

It is too easy, especially for commentators south of the border, to limit thoughts on devolution in Scotland during the remainder of the decade to the passing of the Scotland Bill 2015-16; its consequences of increased powers for the Scottish Parliament; and subsequent implications of the 2016 Scottish elections and…

Shelter Scotland: local effort, local impact

October 16, 2015 by LGiU

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership helps councils and their partners bring private sector empty homes back into use. Kristen Hubert blogs about their upcoming conference.

Welcome to LGiU Scotland

September 29, 2015 by LGiU

LGiU Scotland is a new policy information service for local government across Scotland, launched in collaboration with Boulder Group and Centre for Scottish Public Policy.