Briefings

Grenfell – one year on

June 18, 2018

One year since the horrendous fire at Grenfell Tower, we look back here at the past year: what lessons can we learn from the inquiries taking place and from the accounts and experiences of Grenfell survivors and community groups?


Fire safety in housing

June 15, 2018

It is almost a year since the fire at Grenfell Tower in which, officially, 72 people died and hundreds of others were made homeless. This briefing looks at the implications of this as well as the wider ramifications of improving fire safety in high-rise residential buildings following last year’s tragedy.


Navigating the Maze of Children and Family Services

June 14, 2018

This is the second in a series of articles looking at social work services in Scotland. Issues covered include the nature of social work, how social work services are structured and delivered, and the challenges facing social work. 


Up close and personal: voter profiling via social media

June 12, 2018

Nobody will have failed to notice recent news coverage of the way in which social media may have influenced voters, but the different investigations and accusations can be confusing. This briefing aims to give an overview of the issues.




Local Government and Public Health – An Update

June 7, 2018

This briefing summarises the review outcomes and local government’s response to the proposals. It also outlines new duties for local government arising from the new alcohol minimum pricing legislation and provides a brief comment on the current role of local government in England regarding public health.


Swift Read: Play it, SAM – the case for the Single Authority Model

June 5, 2018

SAM’s simple premise is that efficiency, economy of scale and effective delivery of services are all best served in an island context by merging the public agencies operating co-terminously on the ground, rather than merging each one with its opposite numbers in other local authority areas.


Baseline assessment in primary education

June 4, 2018

The Government is planning to introduce a new method of assessing children when they enter the reception class of primary schools at the age of four. This will lead eventually to a progress measurement across the seven years of primary education, and an accountability measure for the schools.


The decline of local newspapers – a decline in local democracy?

June 1, 2018

This briefing summarises the current state of local newspapers and its likely impact on local democracy, and will be interesting to local authority members and officers with responsibility for communities, the voluntary and community sector, policy and democratic services.


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