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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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Empowering People and Places: What Works?

December 7, 2018

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.

How well are councils in Scotland performing?

December 6, 2018

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.

The Planning (Scotland) Bill – showdown at Stage 3

December 4, 2018

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 – an introduction

November 29, 2018

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.

Online Data Privacy – what does the public think?

November 27, 2018

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.

A Quiet Crisis – Local government spending on disadvantage in England

November 26, 2018

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.

The state of health care and adult social care in England 2017-18

November 23, 2018

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.

Access to elections: tackling disability

November 22, 2018

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…

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