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.
In November 2015, Scottish Government announced its intention to expand the provision of free early learning and childcare (ELC) from 600 hours to 1140 hours per year by 2020 for all three- and four-year-olds and two-year-olds whose parents/carers are on qualifying benefits.
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.
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.
Balloons and lanterns can cause huge damage to the environment. This Swift Read outlines the risks and dangers associated with their release, and the response that local authorities have taken under mounting pressure to ban this practice.
This thinkpiece covers the issue of integration in social care in the private sector. Scottish Care is the representative body of Independent sector, representing provider organisations who are either voluntary, charitable or private and who deliver care and support services to older people across Scotland.
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 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.
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.
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.