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.

Hanging on the telephone

November 14, 2018 by Kim Fellows

Working in public services requires a great deal of connectivity – both with regards to phone signal and internet connection. But what about when you are based somewhere without a good internet connection? LGiU Scotland’s Kim Fellows blogs about her travels across Scotland recently and the difficulties she has faced.

Local Governance Review – the state of play

November 8, 2018 by LGiU

Introduction A review of local governance in Scotland has been underway for 12 months and aims to consider how powers, responsibilities and resources are shared across national and local spheres of government including with communities. It includes all public services. Communities and public services are currently being invited to set…

Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2018

November 7, 2018 by LGiU

This guest blog comes to us from Shelter Scotland, who are hosting their annual Scottish Empty Homes Conference later this month. Shaheena Din writes about the upcoming conference and the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, and you can register to attend here.

We must all do more to get the good news out there

October 17, 2018 by LGiU

The news we see on a daily basis can be overwhelmingly negative. But why is it important that we see positive news too, especially for local authorities? Simon Francis, from Campaign Collective social enterprise, blogs about their new positive media outlet The Rooftop and why it’s so desperately needed.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig: when culture drives economy

October 3, 2018 by LGiU

Can language and culture be drivers of economic development? In Skye it is just that. LGiU Scotland Director Andy Johnston blogs about his visit to the Scottish National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and what he learned from the project.

Period poverty: a worldwide issue

September 26, 2018 by Isla Whateley

With free period products being rolled out in schools, colleges and universities across Scotland, LGiU Scotland’s Isla Whateley looks further afield to see what the issues are with having periods on a more global level.

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.