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LGiU Scotland opens its doors
Leading local government think tank sets up service for Scottish local authorities
The UK’s leading local government think tank, the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) has today launched a service for local authorities across Scotland.
Following on from an award winning track record of providing information and intelligence to over 200 local authorities throughout England and Wales, the new policy information service is dedicated to local government across Scotland.
The service offer includes:
- LGiU Scotland Daily News –out at breakfast, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year – summarises what the papers are saying about local government across Scotland.
- LGiU Scotland Briefings – emailed out several times a week – written by sector colleagues and academics in Scotland – explores current policy developments and themes.
- LGiU Scotland blog posts and events – facilitating dialogue and debates with key experts on the blog as well as a schedule of occasional events to help politicians and officers in local government explore and share policy developments.
LGiU Scotland launches in collaboration with Boulder Group and the Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP). A Scotland-based coordinator, a full-time staff member based in Edinburgh and a Steering Group will support the service.
Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGiU said: “We are incredibly proud of what LGiU has accomplished in the last 32 years in supporting councils across England and Wales. We are looking forward to launching our sister service in Scotland which draws on this experience and to work with the representative bodies and councils across Scotland.”
Andy Johnston, Director, LGiU Scotland said: “LGiU Scotland exists to help local government deliver. We are here to support the crucial role councils have to play in supporting their communities. We want the councils in our membership to be the best informed, the best prepared and the most innovative in leading the way, and showing national politicians how it’s done.”
Notes to editors
- The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) is a think tank and membership body with over 200 councils and other organisations subscribing to our networks. We work to strengthen local democracy and put citizens in control of their own lives, communities and local services. For more information, visit lgiu.org.
- LGiU Scotland is a policy information service supporting local government across Scotland. We exist to help local government deliver. Our information and intelligence aims to help both politicians and officers make informed and effective decisions. For more information, visit lgiu.org.
- LGiU Scotland is funded on a subscription basis – but also offers free trials and low cost access to share our information with a wider audience.
- Current LGiU Scotland members include:
- Aberdeen City Council
- Aberdeenshire Council
- Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
- Dumfries and Galloway Council
- East Lothian Council
- East Renfrewshire Council
- Falkirk Council
- Midlothian Council
- NHS National Services Scotland
- North Ayrshire Council
- ON with Fife Cultural Trust
- Perth and Kinross Council
- Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
- Shetland Council
- The City of Edinburgh Council
- The Granton Improvement Society
- The Moray Council