Summary Over the past two decades, Britain’s high streets have been in decline as consumer behaviour has changed and economic pressures are causing retailers to close their shops. This report (PDF document)by the Centre for Future Studies Innovation Centre, at Kent University, sponsored by Anchor, argues that it is the older generations…
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- 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
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The first in our Social Work series. These articles seek to inform readers as to the nature of social work, how social work services are structured and delivered and the challenges that are facing social work in 2018.
This briefing summarises the recent publication from Growing Up in Scotland which assesses how early learning and childcare use and provision in Scotland changed between 2008/09 and 2014, focusing on changes in use, provision and outcomes from increased entitlement to funded ELC.
This short briefing takes a look at a hugely successful local authority tourism project from over the Irish Sea - the Waterford Greenway from Waterford City and County Council. We'll also link to a couple of successful tourism programmes from councils around Scotland.
The collapse of Carillion will focus attention on the use of Private Finance Initiatives (PFI and PF2) in delivering public sector investments and services, along with other PPP arrangements. This scrutiny can be expected to be long-running. This briefing examines information on the rationale, costs and benefits of the PFI.
This short article looks at what this means for Councils in setting their budgets for 2018/19, and how well placed local government is to meet the financial challenges of the next two to three years.
This briefing looks at the rise of dockless bike sharing schemes, which have spread from China to the UK. These can be extremely convenient for users, but have brought significant problems and caused conflict where operators have not consulted local authorities.
in many respects, Scotland's electoral system hasn’t changed significantly in more than a century. This briefing focuses on Scottish Government proposals for electoral reform in both town halls and at Holyrood, derived from its ongoing consultation exercise.
The Planning (Scotland) Bill was published by Scottish Government on 4 December 2018. The Bill contains a raft of changes and modifications to the planning system. This briefing explores the changes and their implications for local authorities.
CLG select committee report on the effectiveness of local authority overview and scrutiny committees
This briefing summarises the findings of the CLG select committee inquiry into local authority overview and scrutiny committees, and will be of interest to councillors and officers with a scrutiny role in all councils.