This briefing, originally published by LGiU Ireland, gives an overview of the first national report on public service reform in Ireland, published by NOAC.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies produces a Green Budget just before the Chancellor’s Budget. It provides a detailed and independent analysis of the public finances and Budget policy options. We focus here on what the IFS has to say on the key issues of the economy and public finances.
The DfE is introducing new measures to assess the performance of secondary schools in 2016. This CSN briefing explains the new measures.
This briefing puts the Chancellor’s 2016 budget in the perspective of the fiscal framework deal as contained in the Scotland Bill and the Holyrood Parties’ evolving plans for income tax.
The Independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its annual progress report for 2016. This briefing will outline findings from the report and is relevant for those in local authorities who wish to stay up to date with the latest progress in climate change policy implementation.
Private renting, homelessness, universal credit and the Letwin review of housebuilding all feature in this month's housing and planning roundup. There are also details of ongoing consultations covering the leasehold system, regulation in Scotland, and classifying second homes as holiday lets.
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration. The briefings are organised in the…
Navigating the Maze of Adult Social Work Services – Assessment, Planning, and Commissioning of Community Care Services
This is the third in a series of articles looking at social work services in Scotland, and considers the planning, assessment and commissioning of adult community care services. It will be of interest to all those involved in the commissioning and delivery of social work services.
There is a dearth of detailed analysis about the actual number of seasonal labourers working in Scotland’s agriculture sector and their working and living conditions. Scottish Government has commissioned Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to explore these issues.
Having an ageing population is one of the greatest challenges facing the developed world today, so in recent years, Ireland has taken significant steps to become an age-friendly nation. This briefing covers the work of Age Friendly Ireland and what Scotland can learn from this.