The Improvement Service (IS) is the national improvement organisation for local government in Scotland.
Our purpose is to help councils and their partners to improve the health, quality of life and opportunities of all people in Scotland through community leadership, strong local governance and the delivery of high quality, efficient local services.
Through a series of principles, the IS works to promote improvement in local government and among its partners to support them improve outcomes and reduce the outcome gaps within populations and within areas.
The IS delivers a range of products and services that support CPPs to build their capacity to deliver the public service reform agenda.
The IS has a non-partisan role to support all elected members in Scotland.
The Improvement Service has pulled together information on Scottish local authorities' decision making and governance arrangements. The information should help local authorities to see the different governance arrangements in place across all 32 councils. It should also help public service partner organisations as well as local people understand how their local authority makes decisions and what arrangements are in place for effective governance and scrutiny.
The Improvement Services produces a series of newsletters on a range of subjects, including myaccount, elected members, tellmescotland as well as the main IS newsletter. Subscribe on this page.
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Tellmescotland (www.tellmescotland.gov.uk) is Scotland's national public information notices (PINs) portal, allowing public notices from across Scotland to be published in a single online location for the first time. The website was launched on 20 December 2010. There are 31 councils and 22 wider public sector organisations now publishing notices on the portal.
Public information notices are announcements that local authorities are legally required to publish. There are two types of notice. Statutory Notices give required notice of an intended action, such as road closures, construction, licensing and planning/property developments. There are also non-statutory notices which provide general public information. These include changes to services such as refuse collection or notification that community council elections, committee meetings and other local events will be taking place, for example.
Tellmescotland has three main aims, which are to:
It provides the following key benefits:
Users can register for email and SMS alerts specific to public information notices within their selected area of choice or they can simply browse the website and search for notices. You can sign up to receive regular alerts from tellmescotland at www.tellmescotland.gov.uk/registration/