Kathie Pollard, Scottish Land Commission Policy Officer, writes for LGiU on the issue of vacant and derelict land, outlining a framework created by the Commission that enables policymakers to better incorporate considerations for the harm caused by long-term vacancy and dereliction into their policy decisions.
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This briefing deals with a short report on Poverty in Scotland by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), analysing poverty trends in Scotland and examining how the Scottish Government can use its new powers to reduce poverty further.
The UK has relatively low rates saving and high rates of problem debt, but more people than ever have access to a bank account, according to the financial inclusion annual monitoring report which presents data on the economic situation and employment, as well as access to financial services and products.
Peter Stanyon, Chief Executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators, highlights the strains and the strengths of our electoral administration system in the face of yet another unscheduled election.