Briefings

Trade Union Act 2016

October 4, 2016

The Trade Union Act 2016 received royal assent on 4 May 2016, and will have effect in England, Wales, and Scotland. This briefing explores potential unintended consequences that employers will need to address as a result.


The migrant crisis: Home Affairs Select Committee report

September 29, 2016

This briefing summarises key points of a new report on the Refugee Crisis published by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee and shares good practice from local authorities in Scotland and around the UK.


Infrastructure Planning: Why so challenging?

September 27, 2016

Scotland faces a major challenge linking infrastructure delivery and planned development. This briefing examines why, and what options exist for improving the links and creating certainty of delivery to help implement local development plans.


State of the UK Public Parks

September 26, 2016

The Heritage Lottery Fund has published its second State of the UK Public Parks report which shows that many local authorities in Scotland and the rest of the UK face a growing problem of how best to manage their parks and green spaces in times of austerity.


Deprivation and disconnection in British cities

September 23, 2016

The poorest areas in cities do not always benefit from periods of growth in the wider region and can remain disconnected from local prosperity. JRF recommends placing a greater premium on inclusive growth and suggests that a ‘social deal’ should be incorporated into city-regional economic growth strategies across the UK.


Full-proof plan for rural proofing – has the vision been realised?

September 22, 2016

Rural proofing is necessary to ensure rural communities are not disadvantaged by their location. This briefing explores the practical implementation of policy, how policy can be rural proofed and will also consider to what extent rural issues are now at the forefront of policy decisions.


Achieving an inclusive and sustainable Commonwealth Games

September 20, 2016

Reflecting in the aftermath of Glasgow 2014, this briefing focuses on how the Commonwealth Games can become more inclusive and sustainable. In doing so, it looks at the history, the competition to host, the cost and scale, and finally the legacy issues associated with the Games.


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…