SOLACE Scotland and the Improvement Service have launched the Local Government Innovation Exchange, a website showcasing work by Scottish local authorities. It features over 150 case studies which show how the projects have improved outcomes for local people, reduced costs … Continue reading
Total current spending by Scottish councils has reduced by 11% in real terms from £17.18 billion to £15.30 billion in the last six years according to a new report from the Local Government Benchmarking Framework. The report also highlights that … Continue reading
The Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee has launched a call for views as part of work it is undertaking on common good property and funds. The deadline for responses is Wednesday 22 March 2017.
The Improvement Service has published the first three of a series of seven induction notebooks that will be available to new councillors due to be elected in May. They cover: The first few weeks in office Roles and responsibilities of … Continue reading
Researchers from Glasgow and Heriot-Watt universities and the Scottish Parliament Information Centre studied the social impact of council savings. They found that the greatest impact was on poor communities – even though councils are trying to cut back most on services … Continue reading
The Scottish Government has outlined its programme for government 2016/17. References to community empowerment are largely about implementing the recent Act. Important Bills will include: Child Poverty Bill – The bill will replace the recently repealed sections of the UK … Continue reading