This week the First Minister announced proposals for council tax reform. Richard Kerley, chair of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy assesses the plans and the reaction to them. He puts the proposals in the historic perspective of previous attempts to change local tax. He also looks at the plans…
Feelings of loneliness and social isolation are particularly acute for older people. How can councils combat loneliness? This briefing summarises recent research on this critical issue and considers the effects of loneliness on health and services. It also looks at the evidence for different interventions.
Ahead of next week’s expected announcement of the Scottish Government’s proposals for council tax reform, economist David Comerford brings his own perspective to the debate.
This briefing looks at the prevalence and characteristics of poverty in Scotland, and the developing policy responses to the issue.
This briefing provides an overview of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act, its potential implications for enhanced devolution and local growth, and also considers recent analysis of city performance – given one of the principal purposes of the Act is the empowering of intermediate tier leadership of local growth.
The Alliance for Useful Evidence’s report, Devolution as a Policy Laboratory, was written by Akash Paun, Jill Rutter, and Anna Nicholl, and published in February 2016. This briefing summarises and comments on its findings.
Communications in the public sector are having to respond to changing customer expectations and media landscapes. What are the latest trends, how is good practice recognised and what are the key areas to be looking out for over the next period?
How is Community Asset Transfer (CAT) in Scotland working and what is the impact of The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 on it? This briefing looks at the history and practice and highlights the potential tensions caused by the financial pressures on local authorities.
The House of Commons Scottish Affairs select committee has published its report on creative industries in Scotland. We cover its key findings and recommendations.
This LGiU Scotland briefing is published for our new programme for local government across Scotland, based on a recent briefing written for LGiU in England. LGiU Scotland is delivered in partnership with Centre for Scottish Public Policy and Boulder Group. Contact us for more information. Some of the benefits and work programmes…