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.

Housing and Health – the Next Big Thing

April 5, 2018 by LGiU

Last month saw this year’s Chartered Institute for Housing Festival take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. NHS Health Scotland take us through some of the highlights from the festival including a focus on the link between health and housing.

Basic Income – first steps in Scotland and where are we now?

March 21, 2018 by LGiU

The idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a feasible and effective welfare system is gaining increasing traction worldwide. Mandy MacEwan, Policy Co-ordinator in Communities & Neighbourhoods at Fife Council, takes us through what is happening with regard to UBI in local authorities in Scotland.

Gambling and local authorities: out of sight, out of mind?

March 14, 2018 by LGiU

Local authorities are going to have to publish revised Statements of Gambling Policy by January next year. Rob Burkitt of the Gambling Commission explains how these can help councils better protect their communities.

Equality in councils hampered by funding crisis

March 8, 2018 by LGiU

With women’s representation in the council chamber flatlining at 30 per cent over the last 20 years, International Women’s Day is an apt time to ask why, writes Jennifer Glover. 

Reducing Teenage Pregnancy Rates in Auchenback

March 7, 2018 by LGiU

Jamie Reid, Partnerships and Community Services Manager at East Renfrewshire Council, blogs about the award-winning project to reduce teen pregnancy rates in Auchenback.