Briefings


Making Work Pay: The Impact of Low Paid Work in Scotland

March 16, 2017

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.


Delivering Best Value in challenging circumstances

March 14, 2017

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.



Post-Brexit social cohesion

March 9, 2017

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…


Women in local government in Scotland

March 8, 2017

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.


Open Consultations: Scottish Energy Strategy, Energy Efficiency, District Heating

March 7, 2017

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


Open Consultation: Scottish Climate Change Plan 2017

March 7, 2017

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.


Building our Industrial Strategy: The role of local government

March 3, 2017

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.


From Queen to County: Devolution of the Crown Estate in Scotland

March 2, 2017

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.


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