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LGiU Fortnightly 21st September: Trust in (local) politics

What does it mean to ‘trust’ political institutions? And how can local government play its part in raising the level of political discourse? As part of our Public Trust Lab project, we focus on issues of transparency, accountability and democratic processes in this week’s episode. We bring you highlights from our recent roundtable on trust…

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Welfare Conditionality: reflections from the data launch

Last week, LGiU Scotland published a briefing on the five-year ESRC-supported project on welfare conditionality examining the research, the findings and the recommendations in some detail. Also last week, LGiU Scotland’s Hannah Muirhead attended the launch of the final findings in Glasgow, and reflects here on the presentations and discussions from the event.

Scotland Blog Post

Why Basic Income Matters for Councillors

In this blog Ben Simmons and Cleo Goodman of CBINS give us some background to basic income in Scotland and invite you to participate in a collaborative workshop series that unites academics, practitioners and policy makers. You can listen to more from Ben and Cleo in our recent interview with CBINS.

Scotland Blog Post

LISTEN: 15 (ish) Minutes With… CBINS on Citizen’s Basic Income

Feasibility studies are currently underway to determine the shape of any future basic income pilots in Scotland. Here, in the second instalment of our interview series, we speak to Cleo and Ben from Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland about the role these studies are playing and why local councillors should join the discussions. To register…

Scotland Blog Post

Viewpoint: A child friendly election in Norway

Norway’s September 2017 election also saw Save the Children Norway design a children’s election. The aim was to reach 5,000 children aged between nine and 15 years. Yet in the end, over 60,000 youngsters participated in the election, writes Julia Zvobgo.  Save the Children Norway (SCN) argues that the staggering result demonstrates ‘how willing and eager children…

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Integrity, openness and fairness in building public trust

“The language of politics has been debased. It is cruel, filled with insult, sneer and personal animosities as a result of the confusion that reigns. And everyone is shouting in more extreme language from the rooftops. I think that people are bemused, frustrated and cross. No one is listening to what anyone says unless it…

England & Wales Blog Post

Viewpoint: Cuts to spending on disadvantage foreshadow a looming crisis

Lloyds Bank Foundation's new research from the New Policy Institute looks at changes to local government spending supporting people facing disadvantage. For LGiU, Caroline Howe, Policy and National Programmes Manager, Lloyds Bank Foundation explains what they’ve found.

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LGiU Fortnightly 7th September: The future of our cities + post-summer news catchup

After the never-ending summer, we catch you up on the latest big news from local government and let you know what to expect from LGiU this Autumn. We have a special focus on the future of cities, bringing you the highlights from two recent events, the Academy of Urbanism’s Cities on the Rise Conference in…

England & Wales Blog Post

Viewpoint: Our school system – the way ahead

Approaching the tenth anniversary of the start of the “self-improving school-led system” concept we are at a cross-road for our schools system. Do we continue to develop a genuinely school-led system, writes Nick MacKenzie, or do the current tensions in the system lead us in a different direction?

England & Wales Blog Post

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.

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