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.

Council Tax: There’s safety in numbers

January 21, 2016 by Richard Kerley

Richard Kerley, Chair of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy, reflects on the council tax ‘freeze’ in Scotland and the changes ahead. Across Scotland, as in the other countries of the UK, councils are getting down to setting budgets and thinking about what the Council Tax levels for the next…

Funding local government

December 31, 2015 by Paul O'Keeffe

Paul O’Keeffe reports back from our recent budget day breakfast in Glasgow.

Shared concerns, shared perceptions

December 22, 2015 by Janet Sillett

Janet Sillett, LGiU Briefings Editor, reports from our first LGiU Scotland event, held in Edinburgh: how is local government perceived by Holyrood and Westminster and are we witnessing the emergence of real devolution to sub national government? Listening to Professor Richard Kerley, (Chair, Centre for Scottish Public Policy) at the…

Budget 2015: spending commitments see local government bearing pain

December 16, 2015 by LGiU

David Eiser (University of Stirling and Centre on Constitutional Change) covers today’s budget. What’s changed, what’s stayed the same, and what does it all mean for Scottish local government? This was an unusual budget, coming much later in the year than we are used to (as a result of the…

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…