Briefings

What are the Irish doing? Another 5 innovative local government programmes

July 31, 2018

We’re continuing our popular summaries of some of the winning projects, with another batch of Irish good local government practice updates. Given the many similarities between Ireland and Scotland, they’ll make useful reading for anybody working in Scottish local government.



Swift Read: Councils’ use of arm’s-length organisations

July 24, 2018

This briefing outlines the main findings of the Audit Scotland report on ALEOs, and what the future direction for ALEOs might be. It will be particularly useful to new councillors and non-specialists seeking background information and an understanding of the main issues.


School Performance and Accountability Update: Recent Research

July 22, 2018

Recent research publications on school performance from non-governmental bodies have implications for the school accountability system and the future role of local government in school improvement including support for the increasing number of academies in difficulties. This briefing looks at the publications.




Ofsted inspection of schools – NAO

July 14, 2018

The National Audit Office (NAO) has reported on Ofsted inspection of schools finding that ‘Ofsted cannot demonstrate that its inspection of schools represents value for money’. Recommendations cover: public reporting on how well Ofsted is meeting its targets; better parental engagement; and recruitment and retention of inspectors.


Culture is Digital

July 13, 2018

Culture is Digital highlights the opportunities for collaboration between the cultural and technology sectors and builds on policy commitments in the Culture White Paper to review the digitisation of public collections and enhance the online cultural experience, and in the UK Digital Strategy to increase digital participation.


Refugee resettlement: the role of Scottish local authorities

July 13, 2018

How are public services in Scotland responding to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers? Two reports recently published marking Refugee Week Scotland explore refugees’ experiences of resettling, and what improvements can make that process easier.


Local Government in Finland: an insight

July 12, 2018

This briefing is one of a series looking at local government across the world and offers an insight into the local government system in Finland, and the trends and issues affecting it.