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Recent contributors include:

  • 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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The Scottish social care workforce

December 7, 2017

This briefing updates members on recent assessments of the Scottish social care workforce and on issues arising from other legislation impacting on the social work workforce and council responsibilities for both adult and children’s social care.


Casting out: web-casting meetings for remote communities

December 6, 2017

Councils are increasingly broadcasting meetings online. This briefing looks at the current recommendations for and practice of webcasting, and examines the challenges to its success and how these can be overcome.


What is the Outlook for Councils in Scottish Budget Announcement?

December 5, 2017

This article sets the scene for the budget announcement. It looks at the experience of the last two years, examines the implications of Chancellor of the Exchequer’s UK budget statement and considers the case made by Councils for a “fair settlement”.


UK Budget November 2017: analysis and comment

December 5, 2017

What were the main themes of the 2017 Budget? This briefing analyses the economic context and key announcements, particularly those relating to housing, planning and growth.


The State of Mental Health in the UK

December 1, 2017

This briefing details the state of mental health in the UK as well as the government’s recent commitments to a package of measures to transform mental health support and CCGs response.


Winners of the 2017 Irish Excellence in Local Government awards

December 1, 2017

Our Irish office were pleased to attend and sponsor an award at Chambers Ireland’s 2017 Excellence in Local Government Awards that took place last week in Dublin. Here are the summaries some of the fantastic programmes that won awards on the night.  



Tackling Inequality – 2017 COSLA Excellence Awards

November 29, 2017

Every day, Local Government provides the services that we all rely on. Yet with constantly changing demands and pressures on resources, now more than ever before, creative, local approaches to challenges and opportunities are needed. This briefing explores some of these.



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