The DfE has a place-based programme to improve school provision and social mobility in 'coldspots' called Opportunity Areas. This briefing looks at the programme and sets it in both an historic and contemporary Government plans to improve public services in deprived areas.
There are lots of innovative projects going on across Ireland, and many are recognised in the Chambers Excellence in Local Government Awards. Here we take five winners from the 2018 awards to showcase what we can learn here in Scotland.
Scottish Government has confirmed that new powers that will allow local authorities to order the sale of derelict sites and vacant land will be available by 2021. The aim is to bring disused properties or sites back into use to stimulate local businesses and provide opportunities including housing for local people.
The Consumer Rights Bill was introduced to Parliament on 23 January 2014.It has completed its committee stage. An amended version was published on 14 March 2014. A date for the third reading has yet to be announced. The Bill brings together much of the existing legislation relating to contracts for goods, services, digital content and…
By 2021 it is proposed that over 5,000 social housing units will be provided annually by social landlords, but there are major challenges facing the voluntary sector in achieving this. This briefing looks at some of the issues facing housing associations.
Following Janet Sillett’s recent reflections on her visit to Auschwitz, Claudia Hyde from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust offers some pointers to councils wanting to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in January. The 2021 commemorations are, of course, different. It includes a digital ceremony and #lightthedarkness candles in individuals’ home windows.
The third in our series of briefings on communications, we look here at how councils use social media and suggest how it can be used effectively and with confidence.
A review of local governance in Scotland has been underway for 12 months and aims to consider how powers, responsibilities and resources are shared across national and local spheres of government including with communities. This Swift Read outlines this local governance review and what stage we're at.
This briefing summarises Government plans to tackle violence against women and girls and draws on best practice in early intervention and local service provision across the UK.
Ofsted’s good practice report Getting it right first time: Achieving and maintaining high-quality early years provision identifies key features of high quality early years provision, drawing on evidence from visits to providers, case studies, Ofsted reports and research findings. This briefing will be of interest to local authority who manage early years provision.