By Professor Ken Gibb, Director, Policy Scotland The media covered Reform Scotland‘s contribution to the local tax debate yesterday. This was a welcome contribution to the aims of tax reform situated much more squarely in thinking about the wider role of local government in modern Scotland. Central to their case […]

Local Tax Reform: God and the Devil in the Details

by Prof. Adam Tomkins, John Millar Professor of Public Law at the University of Glasgow MPs return to Westminster in a couple of weeks. Among the constitutional matters competing for their attention will be “English votes for English laws”. This has been a contested and troublesome area of constitutional reform for […]

English Votes for English Laws

URBAN LAND REFORM IN SCOTLAND – updated 03/11 – new Briefing Paper: response to Scottish Government Report to Sounding Board In May 2014, the Land Reform Review Group submitted its final report to the Scottish Government. The First Minister announced in November 2014 that the Government would consequently bring forward […]

Urban Land Reform

A Written Submission to the Commission on Local Tax Reform The following was submitted as written evidence by Policy Scotland (written by Ken Gibb and Linda Christie). We answered three questions which are reprinted below. Question One: Scotland’s Current System of Council Tax To what extent does the current system of council […]

Submission on Local Tax Reform

BENEFIT SANCTIONS: RETROSPECT & PROSPECTS Dr David Webster, University of Glasgow 16:15 – 17:30, Monday 1st June Boyd Orr Lecture Theatre B (room 412) This seminar will present a critical analysis of the UK system of benefit ‘sanctions’. These are financial penalties imposed by officials on claimants of Jobseekers Allowance […]

Free Event: Benefit Sanctions, retrospect & prospects

This podcast was recorded at the 2015 David Frisby Memorial Lecture held at the University of Glasgow. In this lecture, hosted by the Department of Sociology, Professor Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, University of Lancaster, discusses the financial crisis in Europe and its democratic, social and gender-related outcomes.

Podcast: Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, University ...

By Dr. Evgeny Postnikov, Lecturer in International Political Economy, University of Glasgow MT As the negotiations over the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States are continuing, the question of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is becoming a major roadblock on the way […]

Investors versus the State: can the TTIP be fair?

This week’s Policy Scotland Friday Video features Breannon Babbel, Urban Studies researcher at the University of Glasgow. Breannon talks to us about her research and fieldwork with General Practitioners in deprived areas of Glasgow, and how their experiences can help shape policies that address health inequality across Scotland and the […]

Thursday Video: Breannon Babbel – The role of GPs in ...

Policy Scotland is excited to announce our new series: the Friday Video! Check out the website every Friday for a brand new bite sized video blog exploring policy in Scotland from new and exciting perspectives. We caught up with some of our best and brightest policy researchers who gave us a quick […]

Introducing the Thursday Video

This podcast is the second in a series of three podcasts on Welfare Reform, recorded at the Launch of the Welfare Reform Network. In this episode, Dr Sharon Wright of the University of Glasgow speaks on “Sanctions in policy and practice”. This podcast is also available to download via iTunes and other Podcast providers.

Podcast: Dr. Sharon Wright – ‘Sanctions in policy and practice’

  You can view footage below from the Policy Reunion Event held on 24 March 2015 on community planning partnerships. At this event Policy Scotland Director, Ken Gibb, chaired a panel  focused on the emergence and evolution of Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs), a cornerstone of Public Service Reforms in Scotland. […]

Video: Policy Reunion – community planning partnerships

On 19 February 2015 the Welfare Reform Network held its launch event at the University of Glasgow. Thank you to all who came along and made it such a wonderful start to this Network. The videos are now available to watch either as a playlist or individually. Our sincere thanks […]

Video: Welfare Reform Network launch event

This programme of screenings and talks presents a close glimpse into the state of LGBT cinema and culture in Russia and Lithuania today – cinemas and cultures which aren’t supposed to exist.  Our aim is to present them through the exact opposite of the ‘propaganda’ which everyone talks so much […]

Event series: LGBT lives in Russia and Lithuania, 11-23 February ...

Political stakes are high on the front-line of public services. Professionals working in sectors such as education, health and social care function as the interface between the public and the public sector, their capacity to fulfil their duty of care a key component of modern state legitimacy. The fact that […]

The trouble(s) with regulation: How do we ‘police’ the public ...

By Ken Gibb, Director, Policy Scotland In parallel to the much discussed idea of capping house price inflation (or at least the Bank of England setting it as a policy goal and then trying to lean on the banks), there has been much concern raised about foreign investment, viewed as […]

Taxing speculation in the housing market

By Professor Chris Chapman – In a recent lecture at the University of Glasgow the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Life Long Learning announced six new policies designed to support the emergence of a more equitable Scottish education system: School partnerships Class sizes and teacher numbers use of data to drive […]

Key education policy announcements made during lecture at Glasgow University