Briefings

Local Tax Reform: The SNP’s council tax proposals

March 4, 2016

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…


Loneliness and social isolation in older people

March 2, 2016

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.




Cities and Devolution Update February 2016

February 19, 2016

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.



Trends in public sector communications: February 2016 round-up

February 11, 2016

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?


Community Asset Transfer in Scotland

February 9, 2016

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.


Creative Industries in Scotland

February 3, 2016

The House of Commons Scottish Affairs select committee has published its report on creative industries in Scotland. We cover its key findings and recommendations.


Welfare Reform Update: January 2016

January 27, 2016

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…