Briefings

Equality and Sport Research in Scotland

March 30, 2016

This policy briefing summarises the findings of the report ‘Equality and Sport Research’ published in January 2016 by sportscotland and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The report looks at who currently participates in sport, the barriers to participation, and suggests potential solutions.



Budget 2016: Analysis

March 22, 2016

On 16 March 2016, Chancellor George Osborne delivered the Budget. This briefing summarises its likely impact on local government.



Unconventional Onshore Oil and Gas

March 15, 2016

This LGiU Scotland briefing is specially commissioned for our new programme for local government across Scotland. LGiU Scotland is delivered in partnership with Centre for Scottish Public Policy and Boulder Group. Contact us for more information. Summary The potential for unconventional onshore oil and gas development in Scotland is significant. It…


The 2016 IFS Green Budget

March 11, 2016

This LGiU Scotland briefing is being re-circulated as part of our new programme for local government across Scotland. Written for LGiU in England, LGiU Scotland recipients may find it of interest. LGiU Scotland is delivered in partnership with Centre for Scottish Public Policy and Boulder Group. Contact us for more…


Lobbying (Scotland) Bill

March 8, 2016

The current Lobbying (Scotland) Bill is the latest stage in an ongoing discussion about the role of lobbying in public life in Scotland.


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.