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'.
Global movement and displacement of persons has reached almost unprecedented levels. This briefing provides an overview of the rules governing immigration and asylum seeking in the UK, a statistical overview of trends, and an overview of what is known of the local economic and social impacts of migration.
Travel To Work Areas (TTWAs) have been essential components of contextual information for strategic planning and a range of related physical and economic policies and programmes. This briefing looks at lessons and issues arising from the August 2015 ONS publication of TTWAs based on the 2011 census
The TTIP remains contentious. What stage have the negotiations reached? How are the debates going on transparency and protection of public services? What is the response across EU local government to TTIP? This briefing updates members on what has been happening across the EU.
This briefing looks at the big picture of local government since devolution and ahead to the 2016 Holyrood elections. Devolution hasn’t reversed decades of centralisation for local government. Now is a good time to revisit original thinking from devolution’s outset about the relationship between local and central government in Scotland.