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Budget 2021/22: five things to watch for

The Scottish Budget for 2021/22 will be published this Thursday. This article discusses the context and highlights five key issues to look out for.

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Back to basics: Research and Development in Scotland

At the end of last year we published our first ‘back to basics’ article on Scotland’s business base. This article is the second in our series and we will be discussing how investment in R&D has evolved the past few years, the challenges and opportunities for R&D in Scotland and the future of R&D.

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Improving transitions to adulthood

In this podcast, we explore how young people with learning disabilities or other additional support needs could be better supported as they transition out of the education system and into adulthood. We also have a fascinating conversation with five young people who have recently gone through the process themselves.

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We must back rural and island economies

Of course, the vast majority of business owners understand the best way to protect the economy in the long run is to control the spread of the virus and accelerate the vaccination roll-out. But this doesn’t offset the scale of the immediate challenge.

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Latest data on the Scottish economy – Update 15th January 2021

In our last update back in November, the number of businesses trading and the outlook for business activity remained fairly stable. However, with restrictions tightening over the Christmas period, many businesses finished off 2020 with more uncertainty than hoped.

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Learning disabilities: Priorities for the next Parliament

With the 2021 Scottish Parliament election on the horizon, the Fraser of Allander Institute held a webinar with stakeholders to discuss the priorities that people with learning disabilities have for the next Parliament. Here are some of the key takeaways.

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Welcome to 2021!

2021 has already given us plenty of surprises and no doubt more are on their way. Whatever is going on, rest assured that here at the Fraser we are doing our best to work out and share what this means for the Scottish economy. Governments, firms, and individuals all have a stake in our economy, and our work aims to cover the issues (and hopefully, one day, opportunities) facing them all. As well as our usual commentary on whatever comes our way, here is a overview of the projects we have up our sleeve for this next year.

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A look back on an extraordinary year

Emma Congreve is joined by Mairi Spowage to look back on a year like no other. In this podcast, we discuss our articles from over the past year, picking our highlights and discussing how our thinking has evolved over the course of 2020. Links can be found below to all articles we are discussing – so you can read along at home!

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Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Webinar, December 2020

The latest Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary webinar was hosted on Tuesday. The webinar was chaired by Graeme Roy, Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute, who was joined by guests Douglas Farish, Deloitte’s Edinburgh Office Senior Partner and the new Auditor General, Stephen Boyle. Graeme was also joined by Mairi Spowage, Deputy Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute, and David Eiser who heads up the Institute’s Fiscal Analysis.

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