Briefings

AILG 2019 Training Conference

March 29, 2019

LGiU Ireland went along to Longford for the Association of Irish Local Government’s 2019 training conference. Here’s a brief summary of what was discussed during the packed two-day event, and what Scotland can learn from it.



Welfare Reform Update March 2019

March 27, 2019

What is the current state of the roll out of Universal Credit? We look here at two reports produced by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on benefits sanctions and UC; and at what is known so far (very little) about the new Work and Health Programme.


The Living Standards Outlook 2019

March 26, 2019

The last two years have been “strikingly poor” for living standards, and further hard times may lie ahead according to new analysis by the Resolution Foundation. Living standards are influenced by both economic conditions and government policy so policy makers can help improve disposable incomes through their policy decisions.



Standards: recommendations for rigorous change

March 21, 2019

The Committee on Standards in Public Life has looked closely at the standards regime, and considers the significance of maintaining standards for the better governance of the council as a whole. It presents a stark warning that change is needed if councils are to retain a reputation for good governance.


Housing First: a solution for homelessness in Scotland?

March 19, 2019

This briefing explores Housing First as a possible solution to rising levels of homelessness amongst society’s most vulnerable citizens. We look at current trends in homelessness prevention in Scottish policy-making and set out what local authorities can do to aid the transition towards a Housing First approach.


Are we failing the health of our adolescents and young people?

March 15, 2019

The Nuffield Trust has looked at international comparisons of health and wellbeing in adolescence and early adulthood finding that, despite improvements, the UK compares poorly with other, similar countries in providing support to young people with long-term conditions to manage their care, and that this appears to be getting worse.


The future of journalism

March 14, 2019

The news publishing industry has been losing readers and advertising revenue for much of the last decade. This contraction, resulting mainly from technological change and the way people consume news, is not just of concern to the journalists that it employs. It also has major implications for local democracy.


Swift Read: Rough sleeping in England

March 13, 2019

Officially there are 4,677 people sleeping rough in England - marginally fewer than a year ago but still close to three times as many as in 2010. We set out here the latest statistics.