Briefings

Health, public health and social care round-up: April 2019

May 3, 2019

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.


GPS technology and dementia

May 2, 2019

This paper covers some of the complex legal and ethical issues of using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) enabled devices to help people living with dementia to get out and about. It is relevant to officers and elected members dealing with adult social services.


Swift Read: Rethinking fuel poverty in Scotland

April 30, 2019

This Swift Read explores why Scottish Government is redefining fuel poverty, the basis of the new definition, and its implications for policies that aim to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland.


Virtual Schools and the quality of education – research evidence

April 26, 2019

There are implications for learning styles, whole school organisation, and the funding of education with the increasing use of information technology in schools. This report looks at research done by the National Education Policy Centre into the educational effectiveness of virtual and blended schools.


Accounts Commission: Challenges and Performance 2019

April 25, 2019

The Accounts Commission's third annual review of local government in Scotland was published in March 2019. The report provides an independent overview of the challenges facing councils in Scotland, how they are coping with reducing budgets and how services are being affected.


Affordable Renting? Learning from the Mietpreisbremese experience in Berlin

April 23, 2019

Urban population growth and increases in housing costs often go hand in hand. This briefing explores how the classic approaches to affordable renting followed by local authorities are producing poorer results, and how the revival of price ceiling control seems to be having positive results in Berlin.


Irish Housing Review: March 2019

April 22, 2019

This briefing is part of LGiU Ireland's monthly briefing on housing issues in Ireland - we have posted it here to keep Scottish readers up to date on what is happening in a similar housing context.


The NOAC Review of Shared Services

April 19, 2019

This briefing provides an overview of the National Oversight and Audit Commission's (NOAC) first report on the Shared Service Programme in Ireland.



Where next for the Northern Powerhouse?

April 18, 2019

The Northern Powerhouse is nearly five years old. What progress has been made? A new report by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), chaired by George Osborne, sets out ten key recommendations for central government.