All Things Scotland: Catching Up with Midlothian Council



Welcome to All Things Scotland

This week, LGIU Scotland reviews useful content, everything local government related in Holyrood and relevant new reports.

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In Conversation With Cllr Connor McManus About Tackling Gender Based Violence at Midlothian Council. In honour of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence global campaign, we spoke with Midlothian Council’s Equalities Champion, Cllr Connor McManus.

Housing and planning round-up November 2022. The latest round-up of housing and planning news in the UK includes, as usual, government announcements, statistics, major reports and ongoing consultations.

In Conversation With Alan Russell at Renfrewshire Council. A year into the post of Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Council, LGIU Scotland was in conversation with Alan Russell about Alan’s personal and organisational reflections on the challenges, opportunities facing Renfrewshire Council.

The Week in Scottish Local Government

Scottish Town Partnership Conference

Last week (November 16th), LGIU Scotland travelled to Kilmarnock to attend the first in-person Scotland Town Partnership conference for three years. This LGIU publication brings you key case studies, reflections and winners of Scotland Loves Local Awards.

To understand more about town regeneration in Scotland and Ireland, check out this handpicked informative bundle of policy briefings from the LGIU. 


Informed by the Wellbeing Economy Pilot project in Clackmannanshire, the toolkit enables local authorities to identify and measure local wellbeing metrics including health, child poverty, levels of greenhouse gas emissions and fair work, and prioritise investments and policies to improve them.

To find out more about place and well being in local government, check out this LGIU Research report produced in collaboration with QMUL and Research England


This annual report sets out the progress made to March 2022 by national government, local government, and partners in Health and Social Care and the third sector against the National Mission Plan.

To understand this report into Scotland’s broader context, read this LGIU briefing on Drug and alcohol related deaths in Scotland and the UK: a national shame. 

Statistics on crimes and offences recorded by police in Scotland in the year ending September 2022, split by crime or offence group and by local authority.

For more on crime in Scotland and local authorities role, explore this Swift Read from LGIU Scotland on early intervention. 


There were an estimated 250 deaths of people experiencing homelessness registered in Scotland in 2021. Midlothian, Glasgow City and City of Edinburgh had the highest rates of homeless deaths per million population,

Read this LGIU post from Fife Council on how they are turning keys to prevent homelessness at Fife council. 

Stay tuned

Next week we look at carbon accounting and what it means for local government.  Following last week’s autumn statement, we have been focussed on examining what the statement means for local councils.

Two new LGIU briefings will be coming your way soon, with a deeper analysis of what it means for local economic development, devolution and wider economic impacts on local authorities. In fact the whole of December will have a finance theme as Scottish Government announce their budget on December 15th.

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