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.
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The Welfare Reform Data Dashboard is a dynamic tool bringing together key data on welfare reform from NOMIS, DWP and Scottish Government.
Data is provided at both a local authority and data zone level (Scotland’s most commonly used small area statistic) in a number of areas including:
The dashboard enables users to visualise the data by generating interactive maps and charts. It is designed to be flexible, allowing users to browse and choose the topics and geographies they are interested in. It is designed to help users in strategic and service planning as well as in developing local area profiles around welfare reform related issues.
The dashboard has four primary functions:
Learning materials including a User Guide and FAQs are provided on the Dashboard.