What Works Scotland (WWS) was established to improve the way local areas in Scotland use evidence to make decisions about public service reform and develop policy. This briefing outlines what happened at the first of their final conferences where this research was presented.
Recent contributors include:
- Ruth Fry, Corporate Communications Manager at Perth and Kinross Council
- Professor John H. McKendrick, Glasgow School for Business and Society
- James Mitchell, Director of Academy of Government, Edinburgh University
- Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling and fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change
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The Accounts Commission's annual financial overview of local government in Scotland was published at the end of November 2018. This briefing looks at the issues identified in each section of the report and summarises the key findings, focusing particularly on the prospects for the future.
Kim Fellows is with Alison Evison, Aberdeenshire Councillor for North Kincardine & President of COSLA, and Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, speaking on the progress of the Local Governance Review.
Summary On 14 November, the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee finished considering amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill, introduced by the Scottish Government almost a year ago, and Stage 2 was complete. If Parliament approves it at Stage 3, the Bill will receive Royal Assent and become the…
Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship agency for Scotland, and currently have over 690,000 cardholders across Scotland. This briefing aims to introduce Young Scot to readers across Scotland and inform them about the wide range of things they offer to Scotland's young people.
Health inequalities in Scotland are stark, representing thousands of premature deaths each year. To help with planning, NHS Health Scotland have developed the Triple I Tool to help model the impact of a variety of interventions on health inequalities.
Data privacy is a complex and contested issue, often obscured in jargon and compounded by a presence in and out of the media spotlight. This briefing summarises the findings of a Carnegie UK Trust report on online data privacy.
This report from the NPI and the Lloyds Bank Foundation traces the impact on service-level spend across services, between types of local authority and between areas. It finds some significant disparities underneath the headline figures, which raises questions about the sustainability of local services to tackle disadvantage.
This year’s State of Care report found that, overall, most people in England were able to access good quality health and care services in 2017-18 and there was a small improvement in performance. This briefing, adapted for a Scottish audience, covers the report.
Summary Evidence has been accumulating that many challenges and barriers are built into the electoral process for people experiencing disabilities. While some measures have been taken to address mobility and visual issues, those with learning difficulties or mental illness are facing particular obstacles that are not yet being addressed. A…