Local Government Benchmarking Framework – 2018/19 Overview Report

Last week, the Improvement Service released Local Government Benchmarking Framework’s National Benchmarking Overview Report for the period 2018/19. In this blog update, the Improvement Service takes us through some findings from the report and what it might mean for councils in Scotland going forward. 

Scotland Blog Post

Place shaping the regions

With much of the political and policy attention focused on Dublin during GE2020, putting a spotlight on the regions is welcome, writes David Minton.

Global, Ireland Blog Post

Leaving the Committee of the Regions, not Europe

Brexit means that UK local government will have no place on the Committee of the Regions; but, writes Janet Sillett, links to European counterparts remain crucial and the subsidiarity principle must be upheld in a post-Brexit UK.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Local government listens

LGiU Fortnightly is two years old, it’s time to tell us what you think via our listener survey. We also share some of our favourite local government-related podcasts – that aren’t us, of course.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post

Welcome to the twenties

Jonathan Carr-West’s latest column in The Municipal Journal.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post

LGiU Fortnightly 24 January: Devo 2.0 and lessons from Australia

Devo is back but what might it look like this time around? Jonathan and Andrew read the tea leaves. And Ingrid spoke with Luke Nicholls from SGS, our partner organisation in Australia, about local government’s role tackling the devastating recent bushfires.

Australia, England & Wales, Global Podcast

NHS & Third Sector: Working Together for New Parents

Kirsty Nicholls of Fathers Network Scotland writes on the mental health difficulties of parents and the role of third sector organisations in addressing them, covering some of the support services available to parents in addition to explaining why collaboration between service providers can be vital.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Getting Brexit done: the end of the beginning

The real Brexit work may be only just starting. And as Janet Sillett writes there is a great deal at stake for local government.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Shared Lives are winning lives

Lesley Stevenson explains the work of Shared Lives, a cost-effective and highly-personalised alternative to residential care where an adult who needs support is matched with an approved, self-employed carer, and either visits them for day support or short breaks, or moves in with them, sharing family and community life.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post