Briefings

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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Severe weather: building climate resilient communities

January 10, 2019

As the effects of climate change become more obvious across the world, this is a crucial time for building climate resilience across society. This briefing considers the events of winter 2017/18 and outlines how local authorities can help to build more climate resilient communities.


Food deserts: increasing access to healthy, affordable food

January 8, 2019

10.2 million people are estimated to live in food deserts in the UK. This briefing looks at the challenges of quantifying and assessing food availability and increasing access to healthy food options in low income areas.


Ireland’s new local electoral landscape in 2019

January 4, 2019

The Irish local government elections are coming up in May this year. How is the configuration of local electoral areas (LEAs) set to change for the 2019 elections, and what impact will this have? This briefing outlines these changes and what we can learn here in Scotland.


Financial Exclusion and Credit Unions in Scotland and the UK

January 3, 2019

As individual and family debt has increased, there has been growing interest in credit unions. Local authorities across the UK have played a significant role in promoting credit unions and financial inclusion. This briefing outlines some successful examples in both Scotland and further afield.