City Region Deals are agreements in place between Scottish Government, UK Government and local government. This briefing acts as an update on our previous briefings on city deals.
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 health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.
The proposals in the white paper will be discussed with the EU negotiators during the summer as a package with the negotiations about the terms of UK’s withdrawal. Time is short. What are the key points raised and the challenges posed by the white paper?
This briefing introduces the problem of loneliness and social isolation in modern societies. Local governments and organisations are extremely important actors capable of orchestrating a social response to this complex issue.
Tourism has often been pointed to as a possible source of income, jobs and development in more deprived areas of the UK. However, it presents its own opportunities and challenges. This briefing examines some of the advantages and disadvantages of encouraging tourism, particularly in more rural or remote areas.
We’re continuing our popular summaries of some of the winning projects, with another batch of Irish good local government practice updates. Given the many similarities between Ireland and Scotland, they’ll make useful reading for anybody working in Scottish local government.
In November 2015, Scottish Government announced its intention to expand the provision of free early learning and childcare (ELC) from 600 hours to 1140 hours per year by 2020 for all three- and four-year-olds and two-year-olds whose parents/carers are on qualifying benefits.
This briefing outlines the main findings of the Audit Scotland report on ALEOs, and what the future direction for ALEOs might be. It will be particularly useful to new councillors and non-specialists seeking background information and an understanding of the main issues.
Recent research publications on school performance from non-governmental bodies have implications for the school accountability system and the future role of local government in school improvement including support for the increasing number of academies in difficulties. This briefing looks at the publications.
Balloons and lanterns can cause huge damage to the environment. This Swift Read outlines the risks and dangers associated with their release, and the response that local authorities have taken under mounting pressure to ban this practice.