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.
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.
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.
This briefing deals with the likely economic impacts of the National Living Wage (NLW) with the combined distributional impacts of the NLW, benefits cuts, and tax changes announced in the July 2015 Budget.
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.
This briefing identifies the main roadblocks that both governments face when reforming public services on this scale, and explores how they can learn from each other to encourage innovation and the spread of good practice.
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.
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 Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 passed into law 24 July 2015. This briefing considers the parts of the Act of significance to local authorities, including resourcing and skills implications.
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'.