The West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy was launched in May 2019 and builds on the heritage of the region’s manufacturing, research and technology sectors, taking advantage of skills and infrastructure innovation across the region.
A review of the planning system in Scotland was announced in 2015 by then Planning Minister Alex Neil. This Swift Read covers what stage we have gotten to with the bill, what amendments were lodged at stage 2, and what they mean for the next stage.
Climate change adaptation is an issue of increasing urgency. AECOM’s report for Defra compiled and analysed case studies in five cities to answer how we can evaluate the impact on climate risk of adaptation actions and what characteristics of successful actions or projects may be transferable to other projects.
Our final briefing covering the 2018 COSLA Excellence awards outlines the two winners and runners up of the "Local Matters" category.
LGiU Scotland attended the final event from What Works Scotland (WWS), which was based around their recent report “Key Messages about Public Service Reform in Scotland” summarising WWS findings from the last four years. This briefing covers the event and the report.
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.
A hefty consultation process is currently underway as part of the National Islands Plan, under the terms of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018. This Swift Read discusses the consultation and whether it differs from previous attempts at engagement, and what effect it will have in practice.
Global temperatures have already increased by 1.0°C compared to pre-industrial levels. Adaptation is becoming increasingly important, but most local authorities do not have comprehensive adaptation plans in place. Monitoring and evaluation of adaptation is a useful tool to demonstrate progress, communicate with stakeholders, motivate internal stakeholders and increase funding allocations.
This briefing looks at what can be done to better convey difficult messages regarding budgets and service changes. It will be of interest to councillors and officers involved in budget setting, finance, community engagement and communications.
The briefing reviews the Civic University Commission report seeking to encourage a new generation of more genuinely 'civic universities'. What this means for local authorities, their places and communities is explored and developed.