Summary A number of new reports have analysed the interactions between EU and UK environmental policy, and the potential impacts of a vote to leave the EU in June. These reports include the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee “EU and UK Environmental Policy” (April 2016), which this brief focuses…
This briefing highlights recent developments in air quality policy in Scotland, with particular consideration of the ‘Cleaner Air for Scotland’ strategy document published by the Scottish Government in November 2015.
Summary Draft guidance on community empowerment includes a number of implications for development planning, notably the requirement to prepare locality plans in areas of multiple socioeconomic disadvantage. Local authorities need to think about how they can knit together these new plans with their existing development plan responsibilities, with further changes…
Local authorities are caught between a rock and a hard place – spending reductions and an increased demand on services. This briefing looks at the Audit Commission’s overview of local government in Scotland, recently published. What are the key challenges local authorities are facing and how can they respond?
In this briefing Richard Kerley assesses the manifestos of all of the political parties contesting the 2016 Scottish Parliament Elections and what they might mean for the 32 councils in Scotland.
We now have available the manifestos of most of the political parties contesting the 2016 Scottish Parliament Elections. Richard Kerley, chair of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy, assesses what we know about what each of those parties proposes in relation to Council Tax. He puts the proposals in the…
This briefing provides an overview of the reforms to the delivery of health and social care, with a commentary on progress to date. It also looks at the main focus of the integration authorities over the next twelve months.
This briefing highlights aspects of the Scottish Government’s consultation on draft guidance to parts of the Community Empowerment Act which are new, unexpected or controversial, or where the consultation is asking for input on a decision that could have significant implications in terms of implementation.
This re-circulated briefing summarises this NESTA report from its public service transformation network. Written for LGiU in England, LGiU Scotland recipients may find it of interest. We will be looking at this issue from the Scottish perspective in a future briefing.
A partnership of agencies has published the Place Standard, a simple question and answer tool to help evaluate the quality of a place, considering social assets, as well as physical and environmental, and designed to support local people and the public, private and community sectors to work together more effectively.