Swift Read: Tough choices ahead for Councils

January 29, 2018

This Swift Read looks at what Councils will be doing to manage the uncertainty surrounding the current financial settlement and how much needed stability is being brought to the issue of grant distribution.

Supporting the ‘real’ sharing economy

January 25, 2018

This briefing distinguishes between the for-profit companies normally associated with the sharing economy, such as Uber and Airbnb, and the original sharing economy concept built around non-profit cooperatives and community groups – the ‘real’ sharing economy.

Productivity in the UK

January 24, 2018

UK labour productivity has stagnated since the recession in 2008/2009. Before this recession, labour productivity was growing by approximately two per cent a year but since by just 0.2 per cent per year. This briefing details what has been happening to productivity in the UK with possible explanations for why…

Delivering Better Services – 2017 COSLA Excellence Awards

January 24, 2018

In the second of a series of briefings on this year’s COSLA Excellence Awards finalists, we take a look at Delivering Better Services. This category focuses on how councils are reforming and improving local services by introducing new processes that are helping to transform efficiency and effectiveness.

A Look at Public Service Reform in Ireland – the next steps

January 19, 2018

Public service reform has been at the heart of meeting the challenges of austerity in Scotland over the past decade, and the same can be said of Ireland. This Briefing examines the new public service reform plan in Ireland, and addresses its potential impact including that upon the local government…