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Election Podcast #7: a focus on climate change with special guest Dr Matt Hannon

In our final election podcast, Mairi Spowage is joined by Dr Matthew Hannon to discuss the climate change and green policies in the manifestos. Matt is one of the contributors to the Local Zero podcast, which discusses the road to zero carbon in the context of COP26 in Glasgow later this year.

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Latest data on the Scottish economy – Update 4th May 2021

The Scottish economy grew by 0.9% in February and is now 7.4% below pre-pandemic levels. The hospitality industry remains the hardest hit sector of the economy however, with the easing of lockdown restrictions late last month, there is some hope for this industry.

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Election reflections: six takeaways from the campaign

With less than a week to go before polling day, what issues can we take from the election debates and party manifestos? Here are six takeaways.

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Election podcast #6 with special guest Divergent Influencers

Our sixth election podcast looks at some of the key policy issues that have arisen in the campaign this week – with a brief discussion on key points within the manifestos, including learning disabilities, child poverty, and some insights into what to look out for in the coming week. We were also joined by Divergent Influencers, a group of young people with experience in additional support needs.

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What are the parties saying about economic recovery and supporting jobs?

Many parties have put the economic recovery front and centre of their offer to the Scottish people in this election campaign. But what are the policies they are actually offering?

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Election 2021: Child poverty consensus but more will be required to meet the targets

There is an apparent consensus among the main political parties that there needs to be additional action in the next parliament on poverty, and particularly child poverty. This article looks across the manifestos to review action on the three main policy areas that can make the biggest difference to poverty in the here and now: social security, work and housing, to tackle poverty.

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New Survey: Increased optimism shared amongst Scottish businesses

The latest Addleshaw Goddard Business Monitor report – produced in partnership with the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute – indicates that firms are more optimistic about their expected volume of business over the next six months with employment also expected to increase.

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Election Issue brief – job numbers impacts

Some of the parties have committed to infrastructure or capital programmes, which can have very large sums attached to them over multiple years. Often, though, there will also be estimates for the number of jobs “created” or “supported” due to these programmes. But how do the parties come up with these numbers?

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