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Our Policy Briefings are available to all members of LGiU Scotland and anyone on a free trial. For details of subscriptions and sponsorships please contact us. For any other access please ask.

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

We post regular content from our network of local government briefing associates and practitioners, both UK-based and internationally, who contribute ideas about a wide range of policy issues. We are dynamically resounding to members needs and the fast changing economic, social and political environment.

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Public service comparisons within the EU

October 9, 2018

The European Commission has published a report on public administration characteristics and performance in the EU. Originally created for Irish readers, this briefing examines the findings of the research and highlights areas which require further effort as general public service reform is rolled out in Ireland, and what Scotland can…


After Carillion: Public sector outsourcing and contracting

October 8, 2018

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee report deals with the criteria for deciding whether public sector projects are suitable to be run by the private sector, the success of PFI, and how the market is shaped and managed for the private delivery of public sector projects and services.


England’s rough sleeping strategy

October 4, 2018

The UK government has promised to end rough sleeping in England by 2027. The rough sleeping strategy describes how the government plans to do this using a three-pronged vision involving prevention, intervention and recovery.


Swift Read: Dog fouling – a blight on the pavement

October 2, 2018

Dog mess is one of the most common causes of complaints to local councils. What innovative solutions are being used by councils? This Swift Read outlines ways of tackling dog fouling using case studies and examples of the different schemes used by local authorities.


Brexit Update: September 2018

October 1, 2018

This Brexit update focuses on news, recent reports on Brexit, preparations for a no deal scenario, the economy, immigration, Scotland and Ireland.



Ipso facto: local authorities and press complaints

September 25, 2018

Two recent IPSO adjudications show different outcomes for local government. This briefing summarises the complaints, adjudications and outcomes, and suggests learning points for local authorities.



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