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All things Scotland: Another Busy Week for Local Government

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Welcome to All things Scotland

This week, LGIU Scotland took a look at the recent Dad’s Survey 2022, an annual survey of Scottish Dad’s conducted by Fathers Net Scotland. With input from Gayle Gorman, the Chief Executive of Education Scotland and His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education read the LGIU’s local government lens on Fathers Net Scotland here, Dad’s Survey 2022: The key takeaways for Councils.

Reports and updates

This week

  • Audit Scotland released a radical call for action on data. With Accounts Commission and Auditor General repeatedly highlighting the existence of data gaps across a wide variety of policy areas, this blog is essential reading for those in the public sector. Read the full blog post here, or check out this BBC Scotland article.
  • Social Security Scotland’s annual publication contains the latest estimates of take-up of Scottish benefits. Encompassing the Scottish Child Payment, Best Start Grant, Best Start Foods, Young Carer Grant, Job Start Payment and Funeral Support Payment. You can find the full publication here.
  • Scottish Government Cost of Living report. This report draws together analysis from a wide range of sources to provide an overview of emerging evidence on the cost of living crisis. It includes evidence from Scotland and the UK as well as from other European countries. Read the full report here.
  • This master register of Compulsory Purchase Order’s (CPO’s) is updated to October 2022 and provides a breakdown of local authority applications for a CPO. Find out more here.
  • The Delivery Plans for Scotland’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation set out how it will work with partners to implement the National Strategy for Economic Transformation. The Group brings in the COSLA President to ensure local government retains crucial role as a delivery partner for NSET. You can find more details here.
  • Scottish Social Attitudes survey 2021/22: attitudes data. The SSA survey is run by ScotCen Social Research, with the aim of collecting objective data about public attitudes on issues relevant to Scotland. To find out how public attitudes to local government compare to the UK and Scottish Government’s, click here.
  • Short Life Working Group on Processions in Scotland released recommendations to improve how marches and parades are planned and organised across Scotland have been published. City of Edinburgh Council, Glasgow City Council and COSLA are among the key partners considering the report recommendations. Read the recommendations here.

From LGIU

This week LGIU Scotland has a tailored array of briefings that are useful for understanding and informing local government this November.

This week in Holyrood…

  • After much anticipation, the Emergency Budget Review for 2022-23 released this week sets out the next steps that Scottish Government is taking to respond to the current economic circumstances. Click here for more.
  • At its meeting on 25 October, Finance and Public Administration Committee took evidence on the Financial Memorandum (FM) for the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill from Scottish Government officials and from representatives of local government. This report is essential reading to understanding recent debates over the NCS and you can find it here.
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy responded to the National Care Service Bill.  The professional body for people in public finance, CIPFA was involved in the Integrated Resource Advisory Group. Real CIPFA’s financial analysis here.
  • A cross-party group launched a new report on rent control options for Scotland. The outcome of a collaborative effort from the Scottish housing sector, Professor Ken Gibb, director of the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), presented the report which you can read here.
  • Finally, Storm Arwen report reviewed how organisations across Scotland have put in place a series of measures to protect communities from the effects of severe weather ahead of winter. With key resilience recommendations to strength local government’s responses, read the full report here.

On a lighter note…

Aberdeenshire Council is encouraging residents to both carve and consume their pumpkins this Halloween to save money and reduce food waste.

Waste Manager Ros Baxter commented: “29% of what people throw away in Aberdeenshire can be recycled at the kerbside using existing services—and the majority of that 29% is actually easily identifiable food waste. This means that there is an opportunity for residents to both save their money, reduce waste, and divert council resource to more beneficial areas.”

Follow Aberdeenshire’s Waste Facebook Page to find more pumpkin recipes and food-waste recycling tips.

Coming up…

Keep your eyes peeled for LGIU content next week, news, views and we publish our conversation with Alan Russell, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Council and briefings on Finland and Community Cooperation as well as covering the latest in energy and homelessness policy.

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