The Planning (Scotland) Bill was published by Scottish Government on 4 December 2018. The Bill contains a raft of changes and modifications to the planning system. This briefing explores the changes and their implications for local authorities.
CLG select committee report on the effectiveness of local authority overview and scrutiny committees
This briefing summarises the findings of the CLG select committee inquiry into local authority overview and scrutiny committees, and will be of interest to councillors and officers with a scrutiny role in all councils.
Recent studies show that socioeconomic inequality between generations is worsening and young adults around the world are facing systemic barriers to achieving acceptable work, pay and social conditions. This briefing compares young adults in Scotland with those the rest of the Western world.
The UK’s withdrawal from the EU will have implications for many aspects of health and social care provision. For this reason, the parliamentary health select committee chose to hold an inquiry into the potential impacts.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
You Take the High Road and I’ll Take my Bike – the need to reimagine new routes for sustainable tourism
Tourism, both from domestic and non-domestic visitors, is a significant and increasing contributor to the Scottish economy, a major employer throughout the country, and very important in rural regions. However it does not come without its trade-offs.