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.
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…
Scottish Government recently announced energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority. This report reviews the policy drivers for energy efficiency action in Scotland, before assessing the efficiency schemes that assist householders to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions.
The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 provides platform on which Scotland is building an active, collaborative approach to managing flood risk across the country. This briefing will look at the work being done to enhance flood risk management in Scotland through the implementation of the act.
Ten years on, the ban on smoking in public places is widely considered to be a public health success story. This briefing considers the role that local authorities are now playing in the regulation of tobacco, and upcoming developments in smoking enforcement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The UK’s membership of the EU has been fundamental to the development of environmental policy and regulation over the last few decades. This briefing considers the potential impact of Brexit on the UK and Scotland’s environment and on local authorities.