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.

Basic income: from a radical idea to a pilot in Scotland?

September 24, 2018 by LGiU

Last week, we spoke to Citizens Basic Income Network Scotland about the feasibility studies taking place about basic income in Scotland, and why it matters for councillors. Here, Gail Irvine (Senior Policy and Development Officer, Carnegie UK Trust) blogs about her trip to the BIEN Congress in August and what…

Welfare Conditionality: reflections from the data launch

September 20, 2018 by Hannah Muirhead

Last week, LGiU Scotland published a briefing on the five-year ESRC-supported project on welfare conditionality examining the research, the findings and the recommendations in some detail. Also last week, LGiU Scotland’s Hannah Muirhead attended the launch of the final findings in Glasgow, and reflects here on the presentations and discussions…

Why Basic Income Matters for Councillors

September 19, 2018 by LGiU

In this blog Ben Simmons and Cleo Goodman of CBINS give us some background to basic income in Scotland and invite you to participate in a collaborative workshop series that unites academics, practitioners and policy makers. You can listen to more from Ben and Cleo in our recent interview with CBINS.

LISTEN: 15 (ish) Minutes With… CBINS on Citizen’s Basic Income

September 19, 2018 by LGiU

Feasibility studies are currently underway to determine the shape of any future basic income pilots in Scotland. Here, in the second instalment of our interview series, we speak to Cleo and Ben from Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland about the role these studies are playing and why local councillors should…

Viewpoint: A child friendly election in Norway

September 17, 2018 by LGiU

Norway’s September 2017 election also saw Save the Children Norway design a children’s election. The aim was to reach 5,000 children aged between nine and 15 years. Yet in the end, over 60,000 youngsters participated in the election, writes Julia Zvobgo. 

Viewpoint: Cuts to spending on disadvantage foreshadow a looming crisis

September 14, 2018 by LGiU

This week Lloyds Bank Foundation launched new research from the New Policy Institute looking at changes to local government spending supporting people facing disadvantage. For LGiU, Caroline Howe, Policy and National Programmes Manager, Lloyds Bank Foundation explains what they’ve found.

Scotland’s ACE Journey: The Road to Resilience

September 12, 2018 by Isla Whateley

In honour of World Suicide Prevention Week 2018, LGiU Scotland’s Isla Whateley blogs about attending a screening of a documentary about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and what Scotland is doing to become more ACE-aware.

The Impacts of Brexit on Agriculture in the Highlands and Islands

August 29, 2018 by LGiU

Agriculture is an extremely important industry in rural areas of Scotland. Douglas Irvine, Executive Manager of Economic Development at Shetland Islands Council, blogs about the impact that Brexit will have on this vital industry in the Highlands and Islands.

LocalGov Reads

August 15, 2018 by LGiU

It’s August, marking the end of the traditional time of things slowing down a bit in Scottish local government. Many councillors and officers have taken a bit of time off to recharge their batteries and take stock. Whether travelling abroad, visiting the wonderful treasures in these Isles or enjoying a…

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