The Elected Members' Briefing Series has been developed by the IS to help elected members keep apace with key issues affecting local government. A list of all briefing notes published is below.
While some briefing notes are directly produced by IS staff, we also work with a wide range of public bodies, commentators and observers of public services to produce materials. If you are interested in contributing to our Briefing Series, please contact David Barr.
You might also be interested in information for elected members from other organisations we work with.
This briefing note aims to increase understanding of how alcohol consumption and harm impacts on local communities and across different areas of local authorities’ work. It examines the role elected members can play in tackling the harms caused in their communities and improving local outcomes.
This briefing advises on the role and functions of the chief social work officer and how elected members can fulfil their duty to ensure that the chief social work officer is supported and has appropriate access and influence at the senior level.
This briefing note outlines the responsibilities of the council under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and aims to help elected members understand their role in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies.
This briefing note will help elected members understand why good procurement practice matters to local authorities and examine the ways in which it can help to address challenges faced by the public sector.
This briefing looks at the role and interests of councils as a statutory integration partner in health and social care and issues of interest to elected members who do not currently serve on the new integration structures.
This briefing is intended to inform elected members of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013; specifically, its intention and implementation. The Act sits within the 10-year Self-directed Support Strategy, aimed at shifting the balance of power to people so they have more choice and control over their social care support.
sensitive, and can present a significant challenge for elected members. The purpose of this briefing is to raise awareness of a suite of recently published, and soon to be published, guidance and briefings relating to Gypsy/Travellers.
Scottish local authorities have a great deal of expertise in supporting the most vulnerable in society, including those fleeing persecution and seeking refuge. This briefing summarises the various humanitarian protection schemes that are currently in operation and the central role that local authorities have been playing to support them.
This note gives an overview of the Care Inspectorate – Scotland’s scrutiny and improvement organisation for social care and social work, which also works across early learning and childcare, community justice and integrated health and social care.
encourage greater understanding of its importance. It is our hope that elected members will use this information to influence local government policies, provide leadership, and facilitate and negotiate solutions to the current low level of financial capability in the UK.
(Scotland) Act 2014, which brought about significant change in the way health and social care services are planned and delivered.
This briefing provides an overview of complaints handling and explains the role of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) in dealing with complaints about public services. It provides advice to elected members on supporting constituents and learning from complaints, as well as a checklist about their own council's complaints culture and governance arrangements.
This guide provide a good starting point for elected members interested in using social media. It explains why social media can be an important tool in engaging with communities and constituents as well as how to get started on using some of the main social platforms. The guidance also contains advice on what to consider when first signing up to social media and how to engage with others effectively and safely in the role as an elected member.
particularly in relation to elected members and the Councillors’ Code of Conduct. It outlines the key principles underpinning the Code of Conduct and the elected member’s responsibilities with regards to it, and summarises the Standard Commission’s enforcement powers.
This briefing note aims to increase understanding of the harm caused through commercial sexual exploitation and the contributing factors and drivers behind it, and make suggestions to elected members on how local authorities have the potential to positively impact on the lives of women and the wider communities in which we live.
The purpose of this briefing is to raise awareness amongst elected members of the role that men can play in tackling violence against women (VAW). It details how men’s engagement can lead to effective prevention and challenging of VAW, and provide suggestions of how elected members can facilitate this.
This briefing is one in a series raising awareness of the different forms of violence against women and highlighting some of the good practice around Scotland. It examines the impact of domestic abuse on the people involved, and the wider impacts on the community, service delivery and the economy. It explains how elected members have a role in preventing and eradicating domestic abuse.
Tel: 01506 283778