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.

Scotland 2030: Housing and Ageing Seminar

February 6, 2019 by Isla Whateley

As part of the Scotland 2030 programme, run by the think tank at the Scottish Parliament Scotland Future’s Forum, a seminar about recent research into housing and ageing was held in January. LGiU Scotland’s Isla Whateley attended, and blogs about what she learned.

Picking up the pieces

February 1, 2019 by Janet Sillett

It may have been all but sidelined by central government during the past few years, but, says Janet Sillett, local government will be the one still delivering services and striving to do the best for communities after 29th March.

LISTEN: 15 Minutes With… Ronnie Hinds on the Islands Boundary Reviews

January 16, 2019 by Hannah Muirhead

This is the latest instalment of our 15 minutes with interview series – where you can listen to us quiz people who know what they’re talking about in areas of interest to local authorities in Scotland. This week LGiU’s Hannah Muirhead is with Ronnie Hinds, Chair of the Local Government…

Tackling childhood obesity through planning – lessons from South Tyneside Council

January 9, 2019 by LGiU

Childhood obesity is a national problem and one which isn’t going away. Data published from the national child measurement programme (NCMP), in October showed the rate of severe obesity among year 6 children had increased by more than a third since 2006/7. In the borough of South Tyneside, levels are higher…

Budget Day 2018 in Scotland

December 12, 2018 by Kim Fellows

LGiU Scotland’s Kim Fellows gives a quick update on the Scottish budget that was announced today.

Homelessness and Data

December 4, 2018 by Andrew Walker

As part of the Local Government Homelessness Commission, LGiU held an evidence session on data and homelessness prevention in October 2018. This was the first in a series of four sessions investigating how councils can deliver on the goals of the Homelessness Reduction Act. It was chaired by Cllr Peter Fleming, leader…

Poverty, Participation and Power

November 28, 2018 by Isla Whateley

The Local Governance Review is taking place in Scotland at the moment and all stakeholders are being invited to contribute, both citizens and those in the public and private sectors. LGiU Scotland’s Isla Whateley attended the Poverty Alliance’s Annual Conference that focused on Democracy Matters, the strand of the review…

Brexit – A Case of Self-Imposed Damage?

November 20, 2018 by LGiU

In a personal view from Peter Brennan, Managing Director of EPS Consulting and Member of the Public Policy Advisors Network in Ireland, this blog reviews the current Brexit position from Ireland’s perspective.

Reflections on a visit to Auschwitz

November 16, 2018 by Janet Sillett

“No one can change the past; however the future is in our hands. Help us to preserve the authenticity of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Help us to warn humanity against itself. Do not allow history to become a deafening silence. Save the memory.” (Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, President of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation) The…