The Department for Education (DfE) has published a research report entitled Secure placements for children: how local authorities use them in December 2016. This is the latest in a line of documents reviewing the market for places in secure children’s homes.
An analysis of the interaction between local authorities, central government and low paid workers will be undertaken to identify what is and can be done to counteract the negative societal impact of low paid work. This paper will outline the issues presently surrounding low paid work in Scotland.
Best Value has been part of the local government landscape for twenty years, evolving from a voluntary to statutory basis. This briefing looks at the background to best value, the overall context in which it has operated, and how councils can achieve Best Value over the next few years.
The future of the natural environment after the EU referendum: a report from the Environmental Audit Committee
An overview of a report on the future of the natural environment post-Brexit published by the Environmental Audit Committee in January - examining implications of Brexit for the UK’s environmental and land management policies and discusses the potential impact on farming and the natural environment in the UK.
The full extent of Britain’s choice to leave the EU will be felt over a number of years following the vote. However, issues such as the social impact and cohesiveness in our town cities and schools are already being felt. This briefing will look at the impact Brexit has had…
This briefing aims to give an overview of the experience of women employees in Scottish local government, and how it has changed over the years. It examines factors influencing the workforce participation of women and suggests some ways in which councils could influence this.
Scottish Government has released a series of consultations on national climate change and energy plans. This briefing covers the consultation on the new Energy Strategy, with its two annexed consultations on the new Scottish Energy Efficiency Programme, and proposed Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies/District Heating regulations
Scottish government has released a series of consultations on their climate change and energy plans. This briefing covers the consultation, open until March 2017, on the Scottish Climate Change Plan 2017: the third report on policies and proposals since the Climate Change Act 2009.
This briefing explores the UK Government's Green Paper, ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’. This is a consultation document seeking views on how to increase productivity and drive growth across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This briefing explores the consultation outlining options for devolution of the management of Crown Estate assets to local authorities and communities and will be of interest to local authority officers working in property, finance, legal functions and community planning.