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How has the pandemic affected people with learning disabilities in Scotland?

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended all of our lives. But some have seen more disruption than others and people with learning disabilities appear to have been disproportionately affected. This article looks at some of the key issues.

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Business support in the new tier system

Today, the First Minister announced a new tiered system of restrictions to be rolled out across Scotland from early November. The announcement has been accompanied by a spat over funding for support of businesses who will be affected.

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Latest data on the Scottish economy – Update 23rd October 2020

This update provides a snapshot of new data on the Scottish economy and households based on data released in the last fortnight. After the recovery in most economic indicators throughout the summer months following the easing of some restrictions, the latest data shows that volumes of new business started slowing down in September.

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Opinion: Brexit and the difficult path ahead…

Amidst all the challenges of the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, recent reports suggest that the likelihood of the UK securing a trade deal with the EU have slipped back. The Prime Minister’s target of finalising an agreement by the 15th October has now passed. Of course, it is …

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Going back to bas[e]-ics – How has Scotland’s Business Base changed?

With an economic crisis looming, we thought that it would be helpful to unpick what we know about the underlying business base in Scotland. And in particular, how the current business base is equipped to deal with the current economic uncertainty given its changing nature over the last few years.

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What does the latest labour market data tell us?

New labour market data were released by ONS this morning. These covered the period to the end of August. In this short article we review the key insights from these data.

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The impact of Covid-19 on human rights and digital exclusion for people with learning disabilities

New podcast in collaboration with PeopleFirst Scotland on the impact of Covid-19 on human rights and the exclusion of people with learning disabilities

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Latest data on the Scottish economy – Update 9th October 2020

This update provides a snapshot of new data on the Scottish economy and households based on data released in the last fortnight. The latest GDP figures for the UK were published today showing that the UK economy grew by 2.1% in August – disappointing growth particularly as we move towards tougher restrictions.

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Covid-19 pandemic, its impact on air quality and possible long-run effect on the environment

One of the winning essays from the Economic Futures Essay Competition, Covid-19 pandemic, its impact on air quality and possible long-run effect on the environment written by Maciej Zielinski of the University of Glasgow

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