Topic: Culture, sport and tourism

An essential ingredient for place making. How can communities and local government work together to make local life fun and enriching and attract visitors for economic development?

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Finding Tourism Taxing?

There are many arguments for and against introducing a transient visitor levy as a way of generating revenue for local authorities. This briefing will help you understand different dimensions to the discussion.

Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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High street betting shops: reducing the risks

Reducing the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals, found in betting shops on every high street, from £100 to £2 is a satisfying outcome to the review of the Gambling Act. The clustering of betting shops in the high street remains a problem.

Scotland Briefing

LocalGov Reads

It’s August, marking the end of the traditional time of things slowing down a bit in Scottish local government. Many councillors and officers have taken a bit of time off to recharge their batteries and take stock. Whether travelling abroad, visiting the wonderful treasures in these Isles or enjoying a staycation close to home, many…

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog
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Older generations to the rescue: the future of the high street

Over the past two decades, Britain’s high streets have been in decline as consumer behaviour has changed and economic pressures are causing retailers to close their shops. Can older generations be one of the key factors in shaping the reinvention of the high street?

Scotland Briefing
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Sustainable tourism or fatal attraction?

Tourism has often been pointed to as a possible source of income, jobs and development in more deprived areas of the UK. However, it presents its own opportunities and challenges. This briefing examines some of the advantages and disadvantages of encouraging tourism, particularly in more rural or remote areas.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Swift Read: Balloons and sky lanterns – the environmental impact

Balloons and lanterns can cause huge damage to the environment. This Swift Read outlines the risks and dangers associated with their release, and the response that local authorities have taken under mounting pressure to ban this practice.

Scotland Briefing
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Culture is Digital

Culture is Digital highlights the opportunities for collaboration between the cultural and technology sectors and builds on policy commitments in the Culture White Paper to review the digitisation of public collections and enhance the online cultural experience, and in the UK Digital Strategy to increase digital participation.

Scotland Briefing
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The decline of local newspapers – a decline in local democracy?

This briefing summarises the current state of local newspapers and its likely impact on local democracy, and will be interesting to local authority members and officers with responsibility for communities, the voluntary and community sector, policy and democratic services.

Scotland Briefing