Resilience in Practice

November 12, 2015

A new LGiU report, Resilience in Practice, looks at what resilience means for local authorities. The paper argues that building an understanding of resilience at the local level will enable better responses to the big challenges we face, and offers guidance for councils to facilitate their thinking about the subject.

Business Rates Focus: Scotland and England

November 11, 2015

The future of business rates is a crucial issue for local government in England and Scotland. This briefing, written for LGiU in England, (including a section on Scotland) sets out the story so far in England and is re-circulated as part of our new programme for local government across Scotland.

Shared Services in Scotland

November 10, 2015

The sharing of services between Scottish local authorities has been on the agenda for some years now and continued pressures on public spending could bring the issue to the fore again. This briefing looks at shared service arrangements and their future.

Resettling Refugees

November 6, 2015

This LGiU Scotland briefing is published for our new programme for local government across Scotland, based on a recent briefing written for LGiU in England. LGiU Scotland is delivered in partnership with Centre for Scottish Public Policy and Boulder Group. Visit our new website or contact LGiU Scotland co-ordinator Chris Naylor for more information. Summary…

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.