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.

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…

Don’t be the next Blockbuster Video

August 1, 2018 by LGiU

Is digitalisation the reason for a decline in volunteering? Or is it something else? Paul Reddish, CEO of ProjectScotland, discusses how to get more people from all walks in life engaged in volunteering and community action.

Helping Businesses with their First Class Ideas

July 25, 2018 by LGiU

Fiona Hutchison, Senior Engagement Executive at Interface, blogs for us about the links that they can help foster between graduates, businesses and universities, and the subsequent benefits of this.