The 2017 Scotland Local Authority CEO report

  • This year we have spoken to local authority CEOs in Scotland
  • We have produced a report that offers fascinating insight into how they are managing an age of uncertainty
  • Education reforms and social inequality are some of the interesting themes covered

Zurich Municipal has produced its first CEO report that focusses specifically on the views and thoughts of local authority CEOs in Scotland, and will be launching it today at the SOLACE Scotland Conference.

Interviews with CEOs took place over several months and the report, Managing the age of uncertainty: the 2017 Scotland Local Authority CEO report, highlights some of the key themes uncovered:

  • Education reforms – New education reforms aim to bridge the “unacceptable” attainment gap between the least and most disadvantaged children – but local authorities fear these reforms could instead drive a wedge between themselves and the Scottish Government and destroy the integration of children’s services.
  • Governance – Integrating health and social care services was never going to be easy, but some local authorities feel cumbersome governance structures are making the transition harder than it should be.
  • Poverty and social inequality – Poverty and social inequality is not a new problem – but over the past 40 years, how much has really changed?
  • Transformation – CEOs aren’t watching passively as the world changes around them. Instead, they are leading the change in their authorities for a new age.
  • Commercialisation – Commercialisation is now on the agenda of many local authorities, but how much change will politicians be prepared to accept?