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.

Viewpoint: Our year with the robot

April 24, 2019 by LGiU

Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE from LGiU member Waltham Forest Council reviews the difference that a specially designed chatbot has made to how the council responds to residents’ neighbourhood concerns.

In Conversation With… Cllr Roddie Mackay

April 17, 2019 by LGiU

LGiU Scotland’s Kim Fellows chats to Cllr Roddie Mackay, leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, about the new Islands Deal, service innovation and much more.

Doom on the high street?

April 10, 2019 by Janet Sillett

Towns have had none of the attention that has been lavished on cities in recent years, writes Janet Sillett. But any solution to helping them thrive must see that towns have more than a single shopping street.

Islands Deal – What can our islands do for you?

April 3, 2019 by Kim Fellows

It’s an exciting time for Scotland’s island communities, as the Islands Deal begins to take off. Our own Kim Fellows went along to the Islands Deal Holyrood Reception reception in February to find out more.

Exploring Basic Income in Scotland

March 20, 2019 by LGiU

Exploring Basic Income in Scotland is a cross-disciplinary project, funded by Scottish Universities Insight Institute, that looked at the implications of a Basic Income for a variety of intersecting issues. On Tuesday 2 April the report will be launched with a half day conference and evening event at Scottish Parliament.…

In Conversation with… Cllr Adam McVey

March 13, 2019 by LGiU

LGiU Scotland’s Kim Fellows speaks with Cllr Adam McVey, leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, about all things Edinburgh including new tax raising powers, the importance of the tram extension, and a whole lot more.

Global lessons in local government

March 5, 2019 by Janet Sillett

Increasingly at LGiU we have been looking at what is happening in local government internationally. Of course one size never fits all but Janet Sillett finds common challenges, common themes and innovation that can be adapted when we cast our eyes beyond the horizon.

The National Library of Scotland: what’s in it for you?

February 27, 2019 by LGiU

As an information service, LGiU Scotland is committed to maximising access to quality information for those working in local government – even if it’s not directly from us! LGiU Scotland’s Hannah Muirhead met up with Fiona Laing, Official Publications Curator at the National Library of Scotland, to explore how elected members and…

In Conversation with… Kevin Stewart

February 20, 2019 by Kim Fellows

Kim Fellows (KF) talks with Kevin Stewart (KS) Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning about his ambitions for tackling homelessness in Scotland.