Briefings

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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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What outcomes matter when it comes to mental health?

May 24, 2019

Measuring outcomes in mental health services is complex and difficult, with professionals and service users often having different perspectives on the nature of mental illness and the role of services in addressing it. This challenge is considered in the King’s Fund's “Outcomes for mental health services – what really matters?”


Low Emission Zones – how low can you go?

May 23, 2019

With the launch of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, this briefing looks at what is happening north of the border to improve air quality. By 2022, it is expected that LEZs will be in full operation in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh.


Apprenticeships – the NAO view on value for money

May 21, 2019

An NAO report finds employers in England have made only limited use of the available Apprenticeship Levy funds to support new placements, and that following the Levy’s introduction there was a large drop in apprenticeship starts. This briefing explains this finding and what DfE must do.


Housing and planning round-up May 2019

May 17, 2019

This month's round-up, originally published for English readers, includes the latest news on homelessness, permitted development, new housing permissions, and ongoing consultations.


Childhood adversity and ACEs – the role of local government

May 16, 2019

Adverse childhood experiences have been described as “the biggest public health threat” we’ve faced in Scotland in decades. This briefing outlines what childhood adversity is, what can be done to improve outcomes, and what local authorities in Scotland are doing.



The Irish Option – Changing the Way Councils Respond to Travellers

May 10, 2019

Tackling illegal traveller sites has always been highly contentious for councils. The Home Secretary has set out draft measures to make it easier to remove travellers from English land they should not be on and also plans to consider making it a criminal offence to set up illegal encampments.




Swift Read: Removing barriers for the seldom heard

May 7, 2019

This Swift Read looks at how local authorities can include as wide a range of people as possible in engagement and consultation. It will be of interest to officers and elected members with an interest in community engagement and empowerment.