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CSPP Chair in Guardian Feature on Queen’s Speech



Edinburgh, 25th May 2015 (CSPP) – The chair of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy, Professor Richard Kerley, has offered his views on what should appear in the new Conservative government’s forthcoming Queen’s Speech.

Professor Kerley was invited to give his views as part of the Guardian newspaper’s consultation of what public sector leaders would like to see included in the Queen’s speech on 27 May. He stated, “I’d like the government to discuss with all parties, and all people, arrangements to create an enduring constitutional settlement that will recognise the ambitions of all those in the different countries of the UK, and speedy progress for cross-party discussion on rules for when and how referendums are used in the UK.”

The article concluded that in general public leaders hoped to see “fewer cuts and more local powers”. Read the full article here

The CSPP will soon announce its events programme for June, which will address the debate over Scotland's challenges and future direction of travel following the General Election on 7 May. 


Consultation Launched on Local Tax Reform, CSPP to Respond

Edinburgh, 25th May 2015 (CSPP) - The Commission on Local Tax Reform has issued a call for submissions from interested individuals, groups and organisations as part of a consultation into how local government should be funded in the future.

The Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP) is preparing a draft submission to the Commission for the week beginning Monday 8 June. We wish to invite our members to read and comment on this draft in order that their views are incorporated into the CSPP’s formal written submission to the Commission.

Earlier this year the Commission on Local Tax Reform was set up by the Scottish Government and COSLA to establish a cross-party commission to examine new ways in which to fund local government in Scotland.

The Commission has since launched an online survey and issued a call for written evidence from interested parties. The closing date for written submissions is Monday 22 June 2015. 


Event: Summit of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, Launch of Centre for Sustainable Practice & Living

Invitation on behalf of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group

On Friday, 5 June, 2015, ‘World Environment Day’, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group will hold a summit, celebrating successes to-date and a flavour of what’s to come. Chapter 1 of the Group will close and Ian Marchant will stand down as Chair.

The summit will bring together government, businesses, academics, non-government organisations (NGOs) and civic society, to celebrate what Scotland has achieved to-date and to provide an opportunity to hold meaningful conversations and discussions about how to engage a wider audience, enabling us as a country, to close the gap on the targets set. This is only the start of what’s to come over the next five years….

The event also provides a launch platform for an exciting new initiative: a national Centre for Sustainable Practice & Living, which will jointly be supported by the University of Stirling Management School (SMS) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). It will provide a safe place for collaboration – a Scottish “Collaboratory”- that will help the 2020 Climate Group and wider society to run scenarios and collaborate widely on the main issues around tackling emissions and realising Scotland’s aims to become a world leading sustainable and vibrant nation.

We are delighted to confirm two of our keynote speakers:

  • Professor Jim Skea CBE, RCUK Energy Strategy Fellow and Professor of Sustainable Energy, Imperial College London

Read Jim Skea biography.

  • Lang Banks, DirectorWWF Scotland

Read Lang Banks’ biography.

There will be ample opportunity to network and discuss the sessions throughout the day and a buffet lunch will be served after the scheduled speakers. We aim to finish the formal proceedings at 2pm. The summit is free to attend.

Please complete your registration and confirm your support by booking a place at this ground-breaking summit.


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