Briefings

Reducing Scottish Business Rates – Community Empowerment?

November 4, 2015

John Swinney’s announcement on business rates is analysed in this briefing and follows our previous briefing which asked how the Scottish Government would respond to the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that he planned to enable all councils in England to reduce business rates locally.


Migrant Children in Classrooms – recent research

November 3, 2015

The Institute for the Study of Labour based in Bonn, Germany has published 'Immigrants in the classroom and effects on native children', which takes an overview of a range of international research projects in this area. With migration increasing internationally, this briefing looks at the IZA's research.


Devolution deals: what next for Scotland?

October 29, 2015

This briefing describes the 2010-15 'devolution story' in England, its prospective developments over 2015-20, and potential implications and insights this might provide for Scottish LAs. It also briefly considers the case for further collaboration between English and Scottish LAs to progress shared ambitions and address shared concerns.



Income generation: trading

October 22, 2015

This briefing focuses on commercial approaches, in particular the use of charging and trading for general fund revenue services, presenting case studies of best practice and discussing the practicalities of income generation.



Private Tuition for School Children and its Impact

October 15, 2015

Private tuition for school-aged children is growing both in the UK and globally, resulting in a greater focus on it within the research community. This briefing considers what we know about patterns of private tuition within the UK.


Dementia Friendly Communities

October 14, 2015

As part of its dementia support programme, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published How can we make our cities dementia friendly. This policy briefing summarises the report and also covers work of the dementia engagement and empowerment project (DEEP), on language to use and avoid.



The Business of Non-Domestic Rates in Scotland

October 8, 2015

Business rate reform is happening in England. Will change follow in Scotland? This Scottish briefing examines the complex impact of NDR on Scottish organisations; the Scottish government budget; and the implications for local authorities that could be responsible for setting 'local Business Rates'.