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The Essential Guide to Local Government Communications

Effective media relations are important to all organisations, including local authorities. Regardless of whether you are a councillor or an officer, it is important to not just understand how the media works but know the best ways to establish a good rapport with journalists. Councils…

Brexit and local government – the story so far

This new long read looks at the brexit issues of most relevance to local government – it focuses on four critical ones: how has local government been involved; European funding; the future public sector workforce; and devolution and subsidiarity.

The Essential Guide to Local Government Finance

This collection collates LGiU Scotland content from 2017 and early 2018 on finance, covering everything from a basic guide to local government finance to a look at the latest Accounts Commission report into local government finance, as well as issues relating to private finance, business…

Reviving localism: three challenges

In January 2017, the LGiU committed to exploring three core policy questions over the course of the year: Finance: How should local government be funded? Democracy: How can we strengthen local democracy? Services: How do we design public services that are fit for the future?…

Year End Review: 2017

A summary of what LGiU Scotland achieved in 2017, and how we hopes to build on that in 2018 to bring our members the best possible service.

Lessons from the Greater Manchester Experiment

In the first of three essays LGiU is publishing on the future of local government, Andrew Walker discusses the Greater Manchester experiment in devolution, lessons learned so far and challenges that remain, which will be of interest to councils in Scotland.