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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

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The Meaning of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit

September 12, 2019

Although the possibility of a no deal Brexit has fallen, it could still happen. This briefing sets out the likely consequences of no deal. It includes a summary of government preparations, with a focus on operation Yellowhammer.


Brexit: Children’s Services and Education – DfE guidance

September 11, 2019

Six documents published by the DfE, include guidance on the possibility of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit cover local authority children’s care services, schools, further and higher education, those studying in the EU and data protection.





The importance of impartiality in public services in a “post truth” world

September 3, 2019

Think tank the Smith Institute has launched a new report, commissioned by the FDA, on the importance of civil service impartiality “in a post truth world”. The impact of Brexit and recently recurring politically motivated accusations of lack of impartiality on an apolitical civil service is addressed in the report.


Sure Start Children’s Centres – update

August 30, 2019

Summary At the heart of an increased focus on early years, public policy since the millennium has been focused on the Sure Start Children’s Centres programme. At its peak, 3,600 centres brought together a range of services designed to improve the life chances of the youngest children and their families…


Directly Elected Mayors – England, Ireland… Scotland?

August 29, 2019

In May this year, three cities in Ireland held plebiscites consulting the public on whether or not they wanted a directly elected mayor for their cities. This briefing will look at how England and Ireland have gotten where they are with directly elected mayors and explore what Scotland can take…


The Regional and Sectoral Impacts of Brexit

August 27, 2019

This briefing deals with what has been said so far about specific regional and sectoral impacts of Brexit; it concludes with a brief review of the meaning of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, which has recently come to be considered as a serious policy option in the current debate.


Brexit Update August 2019

August 27, 2019

What has the new regime in number 10 meant for local government in relation to brexit planning and how are councils meant to prepare for a possible no deal brexit? We consider some of the possible economic and constitutional implications and challenges facing councils – both immediate and more long-term.