Shaping Places for People – time for elected Provosts/Mayors in Scotland?
The Centre for Scottish Public Policy has long focused on the significance of Place and People in combination.Read more →
Poverty and Equality? Scotland starkly illuminated
CSPP Co-convenor Richard Kerley writes about how the pandemic illustrates the reality of social divide in Scotland.Read more →
Life After the Lockdown – Policy in Health and Social Care
Richard Norris, a CSPP Board Member and former Director of the Scottish Health Council, gives his thoughts on health and social care policy after the COVID-19 lockdown.Read more →
Scotland’s National Planning Framework 4 Think Piece: An Accessible Scotland
Iain Docherty, Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Stirling and a Board Member of the CSPP, sets out his thoughts on Scotland2050 and specifically on an accessible Scotland. This was written as a contribution to the Scottish Government series of think pieces exploring the priorities for Scotland’s fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4).Read more →
Richard Kerley: Electric Car Perks Only Helping The Already Well-Off
In an article for The Times, Professor Richard Kerley (Chair of CSPP) argues that subsidised loan schemes to buy electric cars exacerbate existing inequalities.Read more →
Professor Richard Kerley: Education - Reformed or Deformed?
Part 1 of a blog by CSPP Chair, Professor Richard Kerley on the Scottish Government’s proposed education reform. This part examines the notion that headteachers should be given a greater role over staff appointments.Read more →
The referendum as a constitutional tool
Following on from our recent 'Place of referendums in the UK and Scotland' event, Quintin Oliver offers some thoughts on the many international referendums that have recently taken place.Read more →
Have we just simply forgotten how to build big projects?
I was reading yesterday a piece in The Economist about a capital city transport project that went 6 times over budget; runs 5 years late and still has not opened, mainly because of the 66000 [ correct! ] recorded building errors. And that, of course, is in Berlin, the new [ or... Read more →
Consumers, Citizens and Co-production
Following from his previous piece on co-production in health and social care, Gerry Power, programme director at the ALLIANCE Scotland, tackles the means to enable citizens to become co-producers, rather than passive consumers of public services.
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How will the Lobbying Act affect third sector organizations?
Due to start operating in 2018, the Lobbying (Scotland) Act will have an impact on third organisations across the country. Jenny Bloomfield, Policy Officer at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) wrote a handy post on how to determine whether you should register when the Act comes into action. A Q&A on the implications of the Lobbying Act... Read more →
It’s not too late – never too late
Today on the blog, we welcome Juuso Järviniemi from the Young European Movement (YEM) in Edinburgh, in the first of what is intended as a series of blogs exploring personal aspects of policy-making in relation to Brexit.
The views expressed in this blog post belong to its author alone. This text does not reflect the position of the Centre for Scottish Public... Read more →
Back to the future? – Beveridge foresaw co-production 75 years ago
Gerry Power, Programme Director at the ALLIANCE Scotland, reflects on the role of co-production in health and social care.Read more →
Our friends and neighbours in UK and Europe… Who’ll look out for them during ‘Brexit’?
Last week the CSPP held a meeting with the Young European Movement in Edinburgh on ‘Living , Working and Studying in the UK beyond Brexit’.
I certainly looked forward to it with interest as we had some great speakers, Professor Laura Cram of Edinburgh; Mark Lazarowicz, formerly an MP and now practicing as an Advocate specialising in this field and Joan... Read more →
The Islands Bill: New Steps towards Empowering Communities
On Monday 12 June the Scottish Government introduced the Islands Bill, intended to speak to the specific needs of island communities. Over the years, the CSPP has taken a special interest in the provision of good public services and better governance for the islands, and this event is a good opportunity to look back on the progress accomplished in this area.... Read more →
Is There Hope for the Climate in Scotland After Election Shake-up?
DeSmogUK. Simon Roach analyses the environmental and climate impact of the Scottish Conservatives' gains in the North East of Scotland.Read more →
How Do You Decapitate a King?
In this piece originally written for the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), head of RSA Scotland Jamie Cooke makes a case for basic income. The CSPP and the RSA are planning a new initiative on Inequality and Poverty. More information will be made available after the General Election.
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Professor Richard Kerley: Covering Care Costs – why and how?
Professor Richard Kerley, co-chair of the CSPP, shares his opinion on the Conservative Party's proposals on social care and the Winter Fuel Allowance.
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John Tizard: Public sector procurers must respect the voluntary and community sector, or it will not be there for them when they need it
In an article written for Government Opportunities, John Tizard challenges public sector procurers' "bullying approach" towards charities and community professionals.
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European Pillar Of Social Rights Mirrors EU Good Intentions And Contradictions
In a blog written for Social Europe, Amandine Crespy, a lecturer at the ULB in Brussels, tackles the European Pillar of Social Rights.
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The Local Election Manifesto for Social Enterprise in Scotland
Duncan Thorpe of Social Enterprise Scotland outlines priorities for social enterprise in the forthcoming local authority elections.
Third Force News - On 4 May voters will go to the polls for Scotland's local authority elections. After all the elections and referedums of the last few years, it isn't surprising that many are suffering from election fatigue, but voting in this one... Read more →
Scottish local government: tackling poverty at a local level
In the first of a series of SCVO guest blogs on the local elections, Carla McCormack of The Poverty Alliance explores what Councils can do to tackle poverty.
Local authorities have control of important levers to tackle poverty, and in recent months we have seen more and more councils taking up the anti-poverty agenda. Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, Fife, Renfrewshire, Dumfries... Read more →
Professor Leigh Sparks: So you think you know Scottish Towns?
Deputy Principal of the University of Stirling, and Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Professor Leigh Sparks introduces the launch of the Understanding Scottish Places 2 data tool.Read more →
How 2017 Can Be Scotland's Year of Inclusive Sustainability
Ian Todd, founder of CSR Scotland and People Scotland, sets out how 2017 can be the year of inclusive sustainability, creating better aligned economic, social and environmental success for all in Scotland.Read more →
Baby Boxes, Universalism and Higher Taxes
Maggie Mellon, an independent social work consultant, suggests that Scotland’s “baby box” initiative raises wider questions about the extent to which society shares the values of universalism and the welfare system required to achieve it. First published in Sceptical Scot.Read more →
Retail Vacancy and Structural Change in Scotland’s Towns and Cities
Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Professor of Retail Studies at the University of Stirling, gives a summary of findings from the latest annual report on “Retailing in Scotland’s Largest Towns and Cities”.Read more →
CSPP Chair Richard Kerley Explains Aberdeen City Council’s £370M Bond Initiative
Professor Richard Kerley, Chair of the CSPP, was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland Newsdrive recently regarding Aberdeen City Council’s raising of £370m via the issuing of long term bonds from capital markets. The capital borrowed will be used to fund infrastructure development, including schools, housing, road construction and the construction of a new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.Read more →
Underneath the Digital Divide is Shocking Inequality
Douglas White, head of advocacy at Carnegie UK Trust, presents new research revealing how wider inequality underlies the digital divide in Scotland and the UK. Originally published in Third Force News.
For many of us the digital world is all-consuming. Ofcom’s annual report on the UK communications market revealed earlier this year that half of all internet users miss out on... Read more →
Mental Health Strategy Needs to Reflect the Bigger Picture
ALLIANCE Assistant Director (Policy and Communications), Andrew Strong, writes a viewpoint on the Scottish Government's new mental health vision and priorities for the future.Read more →
From the Scottish Government’s National Review of Town Centres to the World Towns Summit
Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Professor Leigh Sparks, gives an overview of progress made on the towns agenda since the Scottish Government’s Review of Town Centres.
The attraction of many international delegates to the inaugural World Towns Summit in Edinburgh in June 2016 was eloquent testimony to the perception that Scotland has led the way in recent years in thinking... Read more →
Devolution of Benefits Presents Co-Production Opportunity
Scotland’s social security agency must listen to people who have been silenced, argues Allan Young, a Welfare Engagement Officer with SCVO.
Scotland’s social security agency must listen to people who have been silenced
‘public services are built around people and communities, their needs, aspirations, capacities and skills, and work to build up their autonomy and resilience’
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Scotland Needs a Review into Social Care
Heather Fisken on the urgent need for a review of the funding and structure of social care support in Scotland. Originally published on Third Force News.
Scotland spends £3.9 billion a year on social care support. Despite this, the system risks cracking under ever-increasing strain, as demand rises and funding for it just can’t keep pace.
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Referendums and the Will of the People (or Not)
CSPP contributor Miratus offers thoughts on the coverage of the EU referendum result, held on 23 June, and what the vote means about the divergence of opinion between Scotland and other parts of the UK.
So the people were duped ....
Instead of the ‘democratic will’ or the ‘wisdom of crowds’, commentators across the political spectrum agree that we saw... Read more →
What Brexit Means for the Third Sector in Scotland
Following the shock EU referendum result, Susan Smith examines how the third sector has responded and what the result means for the future. Originally published on Third Force News.
The UK has elected to leave the European Union and the ground beneath the third sector in Scotland is feeling very shaky.
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‘Oor Summit’ and its Big Ears
Professor Leigh Sparks writes on the World Towns Leadership Summit, 15-16 June. Professor Sparks is Chair of Scotland's Towns Partnership.
Towards the end of the first day of the World Towns Leadership Summit in Edinburgh last week, Neil McInroy tried to describe and capture the sense of engagement and endeavour that the delegates were displaying and he used the... Read more →
The Car Crash Referendum?
A CSPP member, under writer’s name Miratus, takes a look at the campaign ahead of the vote on the UK’s membership of the European Union.
Fear and loathing seems to be reaching titanic proportions as we reach the last week of the EU referendum campaign. It certainly has not been pretty. And last week, when it seemed things couldn’t get... Read more →
Creating a World Towns Agreement for the 21st Century
CSPP features a series of ongoing blogs from Diarmaid Lawlor, Head of Urbanism at Architecture and Design Scotland, who explains and explores the key ideas informing the creation of a World Towns Agreement. The Agreement is being crowdsourced globally to shape the priorities of urban development in the 21st century, and will be further refined and launched at the World... Read more →
Keep Scotland Beautiful: Tackling Scotland’s Declining Local Environmental Quality
The Centre for Scottish Public Policy features the work of charity Keep Scotland Beautiful in highlighting a worrying decline in local environmental quality in Scotland. The environmental charity argues that greater strategic leadership, in tandem with action involving “more innovation and more integration” is needed across the public, private and third sectors.
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The World Towns Leadership Summit: Renewing Hope for Towns
Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) Chief Officer Phil Prentice shares his thoughts on a variety of opportunities and issues for towns to be addressed at the World Towns Leadership Summit.
The world we live in often feels chaotic, individuals display a growing disaffection with society, we appear desensitised to conflict and corruption. A lack of control and influence in a superficial... Read more →
CSPP @ Holyrood 2016: “100 Policy Ideas in 100 Days”
In the run-up to the Scottish parliamentary election the CSPP is provoking debate on the key issues affecting all of us who live in Scotland.Read more →
Call to Action: World Towns Leadership Summit 15-16 June 2016
Phil Prentice, Chief Executive Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), outlines the importance of the World Towns Leadership Summit, Edinburgh 15-16 June 2016, to shaping a new global agenda and development strategy for towns and urban environments.
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Recapturing Optimism on Towns: East Kilbride and the Forth Road Bridge
Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, highlights how the Town Centre Action Plan and recent changes to thinking around towns is renewing optimism and a community-centric approach.
Yes, I was a geographer, and I am fully aware that the Forth Road Bridge does not go through East Kilbride! Most recently of course the Forth Road Bridge has not... Read more →
Professor Richard Kerley: Local Tax Reform and The SNP's Council Tax Proposals
With permission from LGiU Scotland, the CSPP publishes this policy briefing from Professor Richard Kerley, Chair of the CSPP.
This week the First Minister announced proposals for council tax reform. Richard Kerley, chair of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy assesses the plans and the reaction to them. He puts the proposals in the historic perspective of previous attempts... Read more →
On a “Tourist Tax”: Edinburgh Hotels Are How Much?
CSPP Chair Professor Richard Kerley argues that allowing local authorities to set a limited transient visitor levy, or “tourist tax”, will not act as a disincentive for potential visitors. For more CSPP proposals regarding local taxation, see our submission to the Commission on Local Tax Reform.Read more →
Local Government: Shared Concerns, Shared Perceptions
Janet Sillett, LGiU Briefings Editor, reports from the first LGiU Scotland event, held in Edinburgh: how is local government perceived by Holyrood and Westminster and are we witnessing the emergence of real devolution to sub national government?Read more →
Squaring Several Circles – Reforming Local Taxation
CSPP Chair Professor Richard Kerley gives his initial reaction to the Commission on Local Tax Reform's final report.Read more →
Policy Briefing: Health and Social Care: Uneasy Bedfellows?
LGiU Scotland publishes this policy briefing on the integration of health and social care in Scotland by CSPP Chair Professor Richard Kerley.Read more →
Paris, Place and Politicians: Recognising Scotland’s Environmental Policymakers
With the world’s governments discussing climate change in Paris, the CSPP looks at how Scotland’s politicians are promoting environmental conservation and sustainability. Several of these were recognised at the recent RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards.Read more →
The UK Spending Review and Scottish Local Government
David Bell, Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling and ESRC Research Fellow at the Centre on Constitutional Change, writes this overview of the Autumn Statement for LGiU Scotland.
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Scotland’s Business Improvement Districts: Promoting Economic Growth and Community Engagement
The Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP) features the work that Business Improvement Districts have been doing to support local economic growth and community engagement across Scotland.Read more →
How Can the Third Sector Shape New Powers?
Kate Wane of SCVO blogs about this week's Scotland Bill event reflecting on what delegates heard from the Secretary of State for Scotland and what role the third sector has in shaping new powers. Originally published on the SCVO website (25/09/2015).
Wednesday was the first of SCVO’s series of events on the Scotland Bill taking place this... Read more →
Programme for Government: Analysis from a Social Policy Perspective
Professor Paul Spicker, a social policy expert at Robert Gordon University, provides a brief assessment of the Scottish Government's Programme for Government, looking in particular at policy challenges Nicola Sturgeon's government will face with the limited welfare powers it is set to receive through the Scotland Bill. First published on Common Space.Read more →
Social Enterprise and the Public Sector: Mutual Benefits of Social Co-operation
Duncan Thorpe of Social Enterprise Scotland argues that cooperation between the public sector and social enterprise is of mutual benefit.Read more →
Do Rural and Urban Scotland Need Each Other?
Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership and CSPP Board Member, discusses recent policy debates on the relationship between urban and rural Scotland, and how “linkages are changing and the inter-dependencies altering”. Originally published on Professor Sparks’ blog, Stirlingretail.Read more →
The Potential of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill to Strengthen Community Planning
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament in June 2015. This article looks at the background to the Bill, the reforms that it proposes and its potential to strengthen community planning.Read more →
Land reform goes into legislative overdrive
Consultant and academic Dr. Calum MacLeod summarises the Land Reform Bill (Scotland) and evaluates the importance of its introduction. Reposted from Dr. MacLeod’s blog Beyond the Horizon. You can read more about Calum’s work on his website, and follow him on his twitter account @CalumMacleod07.Read more →
"Places of Possibility; Spaces of Opportunity”
Professor Leigh Sparks gives his view on Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP)’s “Day for Towns”, held in Edinburgh on 13 May. Leigh Sparks is a Professor of Retail Studies at the University of Stirling, STP Chair, and a member of the CSPP board. This article first appeared on his blog Stirlingretail.Read more →
Understanding Scottish Places: O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us
Leigh Sparks is a Professor of Retail Studies at the University of Stirling and a member of the CSPP board. This article on the new Understanding Scottish Places tool first appeared on his blog Stirlingretail.Read more →