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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
  • Plus regular content from our network of local government briefing associates and practitioners

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Older generations to the rescue: the future of the high street

February 23, 2018

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…

Swift Read: Supporting Tourism – award-winning programmes

February 15, 2018

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.

National Audit Office Report on PFI and PF2

February 13, 2018

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.

Swift Read: The 2018/19 Budget deal and beyond

February 12, 2018

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.

Dockless bike sharing

February 9, 2018

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.

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