All things Scotland

Our monthly roundup of everything you might have missed from LGIU’s support for local government in Scotland

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Policy roundups

Our roundups are ideal for keeping up with the latest developments in key policy areas.

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Health and social care roundup

Our easy and digestible health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, publications and research that are relevant to elected members and officers. Significant developments this month include changes to the police response to mental health crises, staggering statistics on alcohol treatment and a reaffirmed commitment from the government to adult social care. Just for members. Read it here. 

Scottish bulletin

These bulletins provide an update on the progress of legislation currently in Holyrood that is of relevance to local authorities in Scotland. In addition, it highlights key devolved matters, open consultations and third party reports. For LGIU members. Read it here. 

Notable practice roundup

For everyone! Read about inspirational practice and innovation in all four of our LGIU sister countries, with links to resources that can help you make it real where you are.  Read it here.

Housing and planning roundup

Private renting is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning round-up, with the renters’ reform bill finally published. Other news includes homelessness, supported housing, landlord scrutiny, new homes bonus and national parks in Scotland.  Check it out.

Think tank review

This month for everyone! We round up the latest findings from leading think tanks around the globe with insights that are critical for local government. This month: offices to houses, public services digital, Covid recovery fraud, whistle blowing and active travel. Read here. 

And Finally: Our weekly roundup

Want to make sure you never, ever miss a thing? Our And Finally newsletter on Fridays rounds up a week of insights, practical policy and thought leadership across our core countries and global coverage. Check your preferences and sign up for And Finally.

Featured articles and leadership profiles

Our good reads for everyone celebrating local government in Scotland and expert opinion.

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Who lives where? Scotland’s new sub-council area population projections

This new article from Improvement Service answers the question of who lives where across Scotland. Without a doubt, knowing where people live now and where they might live in the future is essential information for local authorities who are responsible for delivering key services. Read here.


Why loving local is key to tackling climate emergency and cost of living crisis

Scotland Loves Local started as a campaign born out of the Covid-19 pandemic and has now evolved into a community-wide mission to drive long-term sustainable change. In this article, Kimberley Guthrie, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership Interim tells us all about the big plans on the horizon. Read it here.

A new deal to empower local communities – coming soon?

Scotland’s leading academic working in public policy and governance, Professor James Mitchell, shares insights on what SNP’s recent leadership election and new FM means for current discussions on a New Deal between Councils and Scottish Government. Read it here.

Reflecting on 50 years of community councils in Scotland

In light of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee session on the 50th anniversary of community councils, this article from the Improvement Service looks at recent developments in Scotland’s first tier of local government. Read it here. 

Building dementia friendly communities from the pavement up

Dr Sue Northrop, Director at Dementia Friendly East Lothian, shares insights into the work they are doing in partnership with the Council to improve the lives of those with dementia by aiming to make their communities more dementia friendly overall.   Read here.

Don’t miss: 💰 Local government finance

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We go beyond the bottom line with findings from LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre which examines and compares local government funding and finance systems. Our latest Global Local bulletin highlights innovative practice and shares resources to help you make the best of your budget. Read here.

Be sure to check out our full international local government finance collection for even more insights on this important topic.

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Read the latest from Global Local

Each week we bring you a deep dive into the issues with a new look at local solutions to global challenges. Our recent editions covered:

 🐄  20 minute neighbourhoods in rural areas

Can the benefits of walkability and service accessibility be brought to rural areas?

✈️ Tourism for heritage, sustainability and economic development

A look at funding, regulating and developing local tourism to achieve key objectives for your communities. Read here.

💛 Trauma informed services

Exploring how local government can develop services to take account of the needs of people who have suffered trauma as well as supporting victims directly. Read here.

👶 Poverty and child prospects

Investigating how local governments can tackle child poverty and mitigate the impacts to improve children’s life chances. Read here.

🏋️ Health and social care integration

Examining how councils are developing ways of bringing services together to meet people’s fundamental needs. Read here.

Our recent member briefings for Scotland

Each week we bring you new briefings on key topics and reduce complex information to actionable insights.

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Supporting resilient communities to address health and wellbeing

We identify key challenges to public health and wellbeing in the face of a changing climate and looks at examples of how councils in the UK and internationally are beginning to address them.

The challenge of an ageing society: how to be a dementia friendly council

We highlight the major leadership role of councils in meeting the needs of people with dementia and in creating communities where people can live safely, independently and well

 Economic inactivity – who are the UK’s missing workers?

High rates of inactivity are bad for individuals and the economy, we look at which workers are missing and why.


Recent briefings for local government in Scotland

Accounts Commission 2023 Overview: is it time for radical thinking about local government finance?

Recommendations from the Accounts Commission Local Government Overview 2023

Ports and local authorities: understanding the complexity of new and enduring agendas

We look at the UK’s port sector and the major pressures it faces to adapt to environmental challenges

Time to move on: Scotland can’t wait around for a National Care Service

Taking stock of the ill-fated National Care Service plan, we consider what needs fixing, the progress that is already being made, and what difference that £1.3 bn could make to local authorities struggling on the frontline


New campaign: LGIU@40 For the Future of Local Government

LGIU@40 launches a programme of work driven by our core belief in the vital role that local democratic institutions have in creating better places for us all.

Together with our members and the wider sector we will be establishing a set of new ideas about how local government could work better – could be enabled to work better – and how we can build the firm foundations we need to navigate a turbulent and uncertain future. Find out more and get involved. 

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