Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each have their own form of devolved government.

Scotland has the greatest autonomy of the three, and with the recent referendum on independence and the subsequent Smith Commission Report detailing heads of agreement on further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament, this is likely to increase. The majority Scottish Nationalist Government sets policy across a wide range of responsibilities, with distinctive approaches across areas such as health, education and local government. Services such as water and transport are also managed differently. The public sector in Scotland is on a different reform trajectory from England, and significant change has been seen in recent years, for example the amalgamation of regional police and fire services into two national (i.e. Scotland-wide) bodies.   We work with a range of public sector bodies, including local authorities, NDPBs, further and higher education bodies and the new national fire service.

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