Briefings



Swift read: Getting ready for GDPR

December 19, 2017

This swift read deals with the steps that councils need to consider taking in advance of the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, giving examples of the questions that should be asked to ascertain a council’s readiness for the implementation of the GDPR’s requirements.


Digital innovation in transport and highways

December 15, 2017

This briefing summarises and considers an October 2017 report published by ADEPT (Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport) on “Digital Innovation: the route to the highways systems of the future”.



Time for Towns: Closing the Policy Gap

December 13, 2017

Research from the Carnegie UK Trust has found that there is a policy gap at the towns level. This briefing explores how towns can be supported to work together and to develop and focus on a positive narrative telling the story of their place.


Who pays the ferryman?

December 12, 2017

Audit Scotland published a report on Transport Scotland’s subsidised ferry services. This briefing considers the findings of the report and implications for local councils and ferry users.



The Scottish social care workforce

December 7, 2017

This briefing updates members on recent assessments of the Scottish social care workforce and on issues arising from other legislation impacting on the social work workforce and council responsibilities for both adult and children’s social care.


Casting out: web-casting meetings for remote communities

December 6, 2017

Councils are increasingly broadcasting meetings online. This briefing looks at the current recommendations for and practice of webcasting, and examines the challenges to its success and how these can be overcome.