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The Impacts of Brexit on Agriculture in the Highlands and Islands

Agriculture is an extremely important industry in rural areas of Scotland. Douglas Irvine, Executive Manager of Economic Development at Shetland Islands Council, blogs about the impact that Brexit will have on this vital industry in the Highlands and Islands.

Scotland Blog Post

LocalGov Reads

It’s August, marking the end of the traditional time of things slowing down a bit in Scottish local government. Many councillors and officers have taken a bit of time off to recharge their batteries and take stock. Whether travelling abroad, visiting the wonderful treasures in these Isles or enjoying a staycation close to home, many…

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Don’t be the next Blockbuster Video

Is digitalisation the reason for a decline in volunteering? Or is it something else? Paul Reddish, CEO of ProjectScotland, discusses how to get more people from all walks in life engaged in volunteering and community action.

Scotland Blog Post

Helping Businesses with their First Class Ideas

Fiona Hutchison, Senior Engagement Executive at Interface, blogs for us about the links that they can help foster between graduates, businesses and universities, and the subsequent benefits of this.

Scotland Blog Post

The local electoral area boundary reports

LGiU Ireland Director Andy Johnston explores the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee Reports that were published last month. Nothing concentrates the mind like a good hanging, or so the saying goes. Well, while not quite as rigorous a prospect as a good hanging, the publication last week of the two Boundary Reports (here and here)…

Ireland Blog Post

LISTEN: 15 Minutes With… Oliver Escobar on Participatory Democracy

We’ve launched a new service for our members, a series of 15-minute interviews with people who know what they’re talking about in areas of interest to local authorities in Scotland. In the first instalment, we have Edinburgh University lecturer Oliver Escobar speaking to Kim Fellows about all things participatory – from democracy to institutions to…

Scotland Blog Post

3 Meetings and a Mug

LGiU Scotland Director Andy Johnston has been visiting member councils up and down the country. Here, he reflects on three meetings he had last week, what he learned from the local authorities he visited, and a very important action for LGiU Scotland going forward.

Scotland Blog Post

Understanding Dad: A personal and local government journey

Chris Miezitis, programme lead for Understanding Dad trainings at the charity Fathers Network Scotland and seconded from Fife Council where he initiated and led the Improving Fathers’ Engagement Partnership, blogs on his personal and professional experiences improving local services for dads.

Scotland Blog Post

Exploring the impact of data and digital on the local provision of public services

Ritchie Somerville, Programme Advisor of the Data Driven Innovation Programme at the University of Edinburgh writes about the challenges and opportunities of digital for the local provision of public services. Thoughts on five themes I am making a distinction here between data and digital here. For me digital has become a very broad term, relating to the…

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post