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Recent contributors include:

  • George Black CBE, Visiting Professor at the International Public Policy Institute of the University of Strathclyde, and former Chief Executive of Glasgow City 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
  • Plus regular content from our network of local government briefing associates and practitioners

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Swift Read: Just Environmental Justice

April 19, 2018

This paper looks at how councils can work within the status quo to ensure they deliver environmental justice while having one eye on the possibility of an ECT in the not-too-distant-future. It is aimed at relevant decision-makers at local government level.



Free School Meals and Universal Credit – update

April 16, 2018

Attempts to simplify the way benefits are administered through Universal Credit raised issues in relation to the way eligibility for the free early years entitlement and free school meals are assessed, and therefore potentially on the Pupil Premium funding for schools and early years establishments.


Council tax, 2018-19

April 16, 2018

This briefing looks in detail at this year’s council tax in England, highlighting councils that recorded the highest increases, and those that froze it. It also compares the rises in council tax across England with Scotland and Wales, and looks ahead to future challenges.


Asset enabled transformation

April 13, 2018

As austerity continues, councils are caught between having to re-examine ways to save money, generate income and drive public sector reform whilst also attempting to stimulate local investment, economic growth and improve general wellbeing.


Life’s no beach: poverty and deprivation in coastal communities

April 10, 2018

This briefing looks at the causes and consequences of poverty and deprivation in coastal communities in Britain. It covers unemployment and the related issues of housing, health and education, and then looks at some initiatives planned to overcome these disadvantages.


Exploring the Carillion collapse

April 6, 2018

This briefing provides a brief summary of what is known so far about the collapse of Carillion and the inquiries that are going on - particularly those relating to Carillion’s pensions liabilities and the company’s relationship with government.




Concessionary travel schemes

March 29, 2018

England, Scotland and Wales have statutory concessionary travel schemes allowing free travel for certain groups of people. This briefing summarises the key evidence and findings from the DfT evaluation and looks at the changes that have been proposed in Scotland and Wales.


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