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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 IFS Autumn 2017 Pre-Budget Report

November 16, 2017

This briefing deals with a report, produced by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which examines options for spending in the context of the Government’s aims for deficit reduction ahead of the next Budget on 22 November 2017


Local government communications and social media

November 16, 2017

Social media is everywhere. To some extent, it affects the lives of everyone, even those who profess not to use or understand it. It is therefore essential that local government public relations teams use social media alongside more traditional methods of communication.


 Affordable Credit: Better Lending Locally

November 14, 2017

The key to widening access to affordable credit to disadvantaged customer groups lies in developing Scotland’s successful community lending sectors of credit unions and community development financial institutions so that they can offer viable, at-scale product offerings on a not-for-profit basis.


Race Disparity Audit

November 13, 2017

This briefing gives a brief overview of the main findings in the data, as summarised in the report. It will be of interest to councillors and officers in all types of authority concerned with equalities and social justice.


Planning for setting Council Budgets 2018/19

November 9, 2017

This article looks at the political and financial context, funding pressures, council tax rises and workforce planning. It also looks at the thorny issue of interpreting government grant figures. The article is aimed at new Councillors and non-finance managers.


Universal credit

November 7, 2017

This is the most ambitious, and probably most contentious, welfare change for decades. It is also causing the government a few problems. This briefing looks at how the UC system is meant to work, some of the key issues surrounding its introduction, and the latest figures showing who is receiving…


Erasmus+ funding for young people: Brexit background information

November 3, 2017

This briefing provides a summary of the European Union’s Erasmus+ funding programme that aims to assist the growth of youth work, sport, training and education across Europe. It highlights the current state and future scope of this programme with regard to Brexit.


Swift Read: Tackling Homelessness in Scotland – The Challenge for Councils

November 2, 2017

Local authorities in Scotland have taken different approaches to tackling homelessness. Some have maintained specific Homelessness Strategies while others have chosen to include policies directed towards homelessness within wider Local Housing Strategies. This article explores such strategies.


Regeneration: sense of place, participation and identity

October 31, 2017

This briefing is one of our series of briefings on a sense of place. It considers what sense of place and identity mean in relation to regeneration and how retaining and building on sense of place can ensure the sustainability of projects.


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