Moving forward with Active Travel in Scotland

September 15, 2016

This briefing considers the issue of active travel, a current policy focus for the UK and Scottish Government, and its central role in achieving sustainable transport, and furthermore wider sustainable development, objectives.

Smoking in Adolescents: Informing Local Strategy

September 13, 2016

Tobacco use continues to be a major public health issue and the prevalence of under-age smokers presents challenges which go beyond legality and physical health towards issues of inequality. This briefing summarises the latest data and national strategy with the aim of informing local strategy to ensure Scotland achieves its…

Tackling child poverty in Scotland: local government matters

August 30, 2016

With child poverty set to rise, it will feature more prominently in local and national debate in the years ahead. This briefing reviews child poverty in Scotland, paying particular attention to the local dimension, in light of Scottish Government’s recent proposal to introduce a Child Poverty Bill for Scotland.

Looked-After Children: Still Left Behind?

August 25, 2016

The purpose of this briefing is to outline the educational challenges that looked-after children face in meeting the educational outcomes that other children do nationally, and suggest some commentary on how key areas could be targeted to improve outcomes.

Caring for a career: recruiting foster carers in Scotland

August 23, 2016

Foster carer recruitment is an issue across Scotland and the UK, with almost all local authorities struggling to find the numbers of carers they need. This briefing outlines the challenges of foster carer recruitment, gives examples of good practice and suggests action points for local authorities.

Social security powers and the Scotland Act 2016

August 18, 2016

The Scotland Act 2016 devolves a range of social security powers to the Scottish Parliament, and this briefing summarises which powers are being devolved, how the Scottish Government plans to administer them, anticipated timescales and the implications for local agencies and service users.