Briefings


Are modern families waving or drowning?

April 15, 2019

Working Families and Bright Horizons Family Solutions have published their Modern Families Index, produced annually since 2012. It looks at how working families manage the balance between work and family in the UK.


Is the NHS about to grind to a halt because of lack of staff?

April 12, 2019

The King’s Fund, in “Closing the gap: Key areas for action on the health and care workforce”, state that workforce shortages are already having a direct impact on patient care and staff experience and urgent action is now required to avoid a vicious cycle of growing shortages and declining quality.



Swift Read: Towns matter – the Twin Towns UK programme

April 9, 2019

The ‘Twin Towns UK’ programme (2017-2018), ran by Carnegie UK Trust, involved towns being paired with others that had similar characteristics and socio-economic challenges. This briefing covers the programme, what was learned, and the benefits it had.



Keeping your reputation

April 4, 2019

Managing bad news is now a core skill for those involved in communication and corporate offices on behalf of local government. This briefing discusses some of the causes of reputational damage and identifies approaches that senior officers might wish to consider.


Keeping the lights on: Robin Hood Energy

April 2, 2019

Robin Hood Energy (RHE) was established in 2015 when it became the UK’s first local authority owned gas and electricity supplier. This briefing outlines what was done, how it worked and what could have been done better.


AILG 2019 Training Conference

March 29, 2019

LGiU Ireland went along to Longford for the Association of Irish Local Government’s 2019 training conference. Here’s a brief summary of what was discussed during the packed two-day event, and what Scotland can learn from it.