Briefings

Race Disparity Audit

November 13, 2017

This briefing gives a brief overview of the main findings in the data, as summarised in the report. It will be of interest to councillors and officers in all types of authority concerned with equalities and social justice.


Planning for setting Council Budgets 2018/19

November 9, 2017

This article looks at the political and financial context, funding pressures, council tax rises and workforce planning. It also looks at the thorny issue of interpreting government grant figures. The article is aimed at new Councillors and non-finance managers.


Universal credit

November 7, 2017

This is the most ambitious, and probably most contentious, welfare change for decades. It is also causing the government a few problems. This briefing looks at how the UC system is meant to work, some of the key issues surrounding its introduction, and the latest figures showing who is receiving…


Erasmus+ funding for young people: Brexit background information

November 3, 2017

This briefing provides a summary of the European Union’s Erasmus+ funding programme that aims to assist the growth of youth work, sport, training and education across Europe. It highlights the current state and future scope of this programme with regard to Brexit.


Swift Read: Tackling Homelessness in Scotland – The Challenge for Councils

November 2, 2017

Local authorities in Scotland have taken different approaches to tackling homelessness. Some have maintained specific Homelessness Strategies while others have chosen to include policies directed towards homelessness within wider Local Housing Strategies. This article explores such strategies.


Regeneration: sense of place, participation and identity

October 31, 2017

This briefing is one of our series of briefings on a sense of place. It considers what sense of place and identity mean in relation to regeneration and how retaining and building on sense of place can ensure the sustainability of projects.


Creating walking cities

October 26, 2017

This briefing summarises that guidance and also examines other recent evidence on walking as well as looking at examples of what is being done around the UK and overseas to create places which are attractive for pedestrians.


Swift Read: Young People’s Experiences of Scottish Education

October 24, 2017

This briefing will be of interest to anyone working in education, children’s and adult’s services, and economic policy and includes insights into how young people perceive support services throughout their transition to adulthood and have access to economic opportunities.


Briefing: Will Brexit Happen?

October 23, 2017

This is a briefing from an Irish perspective that we think will be interesting for Scottish readers. Speaking recently at a meeting of the Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Ireland, Dr Peter Brennan of the Public Policy Advisors Network sets out his current thinking on Brexit.


Child Protection: HMIC inspection of Metropolitan Police Service

October 20, 2017

The report includes many observations and examples of good and bad practice from which police forces and agencies involved in child protection will be able to learn. It will be of interest to LA officers and elected members with child protection responsibilities, particularly those in contact with the police.


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