Townscapes report on Scotland, Oct 19

The Townscapes project launched at the Bennett Institute brings together a variety of different data sources to offer a deeper analysis of how towns are faring across the regions and nations of Britain. It aims to step away from the generalisations and dogmas that infuse much of the contemporary policy debate and offer instead a more finely grained picture of how different towns relate to their wider regions and nations, as well as to their nearest cities. It showcases the merits of a more granular and regionally rooted perspective for our understanding of geographical inequalities and the kinds of policy needed to address them.

Interestingly, Dunfermline is the third most improving town in Britain in the Townscapes’ Improvement Index and no Scottish town features in Britain’s 20 most declining towns.

Read the report here

 

Minimum Pricing of alcohol

On 15th November 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol. Originally proposed in 2012, the legislation has been held up by a legal challenge from the Scotch Whiskey Association (SWA).1 The defeat of their appeal means that the Scottish Government is now free to proceed with its plans to introduce a minimum price of alcohol, planned to be 50 pence per unit. Read More

Basic Income

1. This report is intended as a background paper to support local discussions in Fife around basic income.
2. It has been informed through collaborative discussions over the last year with-:
• International experts through BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network)
• Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland
• Glasgow and North Ayrshire Councils
• The Scottish Government Read More

Participatory Budgeting in Fife

1. This report pulls together an overview of Participatory Budgeting activity in Fife between 2010 and 2017.
2. It draws from collaborative discussions with a group of practitioners with
experience of leading and developing PB processes in Fife.
3. It takes stock of what we have learned from our experience of PB in Fife and what others have done or are doing.
4. It is intended to serve as a pathfinder for the direction that Fife may wish to take in the future in relation to Participatory Budgeting. Read More