10.2 million people are estimated to live in food deserts in the UK. This briefing looks at the challenges of quantifying and assessing food availability and increasing access to healthy food options in low income areas.
The Irish local government elections are coming up in May this year. How is the configuration of local electoral areas (LEAs) set to change for the 2019 elections, and what impact will this have? This briefing outlines these changes and what we can learn here in Scotland.
As individual and family debt has increased, there has been growing interest in credit unions. Local authorities across the UK have played a significant role in promoting credit unions and financial inclusion. This briefing outlines some successful examples in both Scotland and further afield.
The issue of securing uplifts in land value associated with public policy interventions is difficult and controversial. However, it is important for infrastructure investment accompanying development, including housing development. A recent HCLG Committee report, and this briefing, reflect the issue’s complexity and associated controversies.
The Commons Education Committee has reviewed at the half-way stage the England Apprenticeships: Vision for 2020 and has found quality and social justice issues need addressing urgently.
What are the factors behind workforce sickness and what contributes to a healthy workforce? How can leaders and managers influence the content of any organisational health and wellbeing programme and how can they personally influence the culture of the organisation?
In November, the Royal Society of Edinburgh published their report, on women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). TAOT 2018 reviews what progress has been made in the last six years to increase the number of women working and studying in STEM in Scotland.
Efforts are being made to better understand and to regulate the environment of ‘fake news’ in an increasingly poisonous and potentially dangerous political environment. Intervention is needed at government and at international level. A government White Paper is expected during the next six months. What issues should it address?
This briefing deals with the statement made on 16 November 2018 by the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights on his visit to the UK. The Special Rapporteur focuses his report on Universal Credit and the impacts of austerity on communities and the wider social safety net.
What Works Scotland (WWS) was established to improve the way local areas in Scotland use evidence to make decisions about public service reform and develop policy. This briefing outlines what happened at the first of their final conferences where this research was presented.