Briefings

Exploring the practicalities of a basic income pilot

February 11, 2019

There is a sense in many developed countries around the world that our social security systems are no longer fit for purpose. A Basic Income has been suggested as a solution to that. This guest briefing covers the recent Carnegie UK Trust report about the possibility of Basic Income for…



Ageing well? Meeting the challenge in our towns

February 6, 2019

By 2046 there will be seven million more people aged over 65 in the United Kingdom, but the changing demographics will impact differently in villages, towns and cities of Britain in ageing. Services will need to plan for the differential pattern of ageing if a crisis is to be averted.


How ‘inclusive’ is Inclusive Growth? Equalities and Investment

February 5, 2019

Scotland has deep-rooted, stubborn equalities challenges of which it cannot be proud. Inclusive Growth is an ambitious socio-economic policy agenda set for Scotland intended to make it a fairer, more equal country. This briefing covers the role of City Region Deals (CRD) in this vision and how jobs can be…


JRF Report: UK Poverty 2018

February 3, 2019

The annual report produced by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) on poverty trends in the UK considers the impact on children, pensioners and people in work.


Shared services

February 1, 2019

Shared services are now an established feature of local government. We consider here many of the issues facing councils and how they have been tackled by specific councils, and ask whether shared service arrangements and partnerships increase the likelihood of full mergers in England.


Education for the modern world – CBI-Pearson 2018 report

January 31, 2019

The annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) education and skills report, now done with Pearson, is based on a survey on businesses of all sizes. It provides insights into what British business wants, where improvements in current arrangements are required, and lessons for local government in working with local employers.


Improving young people’s engagement in Scottish local government

January 30, 2019

A legacy report for the Year Of Young People 2018 has been launched, and it gives a snapshot of how all 32 Scottish councils engage and liaise with young people on key issues that affect them. The report aims to fill the void that has led to young people in…


Ending Homelessness and Rough Sleeping – Action Plan for Scotland

January 29, 2019

Scottish Government have published the report “Ending Homelessness Together: High Level Action Plan.” The report outlines a number of actions to end homelessness, improve housing access and get people off the streets. This briefing covers the actions outlined in the report and considers the role of local government in ending…