Briefings

Food deserts: increasing access to healthy, affordable food

January 8, 2019

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.


Ireland’s new local electoral landscape in 2019

January 4, 2019

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.


Financial Exclusion and Credit Unions in Scotland and the UK

January 3, 2019

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.


HCLG Committee Report: Land Value Capture

December 28, 2018

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.


Apprenticeships in England – quality not quantity

December 27, 2018

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.


How healthy is our workforce?

December 18, 2018

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?


Women in STEM – Tapping All Our Talents

December 13, 2018

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.


Disinformation and fake news: the state of play

December 11, 2018

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?



Empowering People and Places: What Works?

December 7, 2018

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.