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New Report: Learning disabilities and the value of unpaid care
People with learning disabilities draw on different types of support to enable them to live rich and fulfilling lives. But the support given by unpaid carers is often overlooked and undervalued. Delivering on the Scottish Government’s pledges to build a wellbeing economy with inclusive growth at its heart will be impossible without this understanding. The success of these economic priorities will be measured on the ground, so we surveyed unpaid carers of adults with a learning disability.
The Scottish Government cannot tackle climate change on its own and will rely on the support from Scottish businesses. This article, taken from our latest Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary, summarises the findings from the latest Scottish Business Monitor for Q2 2021 and highlights the role and attitudes of businesses in supporting Scotland to achieve net zero by 2045.
Our latest report on learning disabilities and the economic value of unpaid care highlighted the contribution that unpaid carers make, often unrecognised. In this article, we build on that report by summarising our recent webinar on the subject.
Emma Congreve is joined by Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance and Chris Birt, JRF Associate Director Scotland, to talk about what is happening this week, including the new Poverty in Scotland report published by JRF. We also talk about current progress towards the Scottish child poverty targets, and what needs to be done in the months and years ahead in order to meet the targets, and the impacts this will have on society and the economy.
The Scottish economy is set to recover to pre-pandemic levels three months earlier than previously thought. Despite growth contracting slightly in July, mainly due to a fall in renewable electricity production, growth was significantly faster during Q2 than expected, leading to forecasts for 2021 and 2022 being revised up.
The final scope of the new National Care Service in Scotland has not yet been decided. Ensuring there are appropriate funding resources to meet its scope will be defining feature of its success. Transparency and consensus over what these figures mean is needed as plans develop over the next year.
The UK Government is considering how to fund a major increase in social care spending in England. The implications for the Scottish budget depend on the funding approach taken. Funding the spending increase through income tax could infringe ‘taxpayer fairness’ principles and create administrative challenges.
One month on from Scotland moving away from tiered restrictions and the economy continues to grow. Most indicators tracking economic activity in real time have improved since our last update in August.
The third sector plays a vital role in supporting people with learning disabilities in Scotland. In this episode, we explore the impact of a Scottish charity and the wider issues it addresses: social isolation, relationships and sexual health for people with learning disabilities.
The Scottish Fiscal Commission (SFC) published their latest economic and fiscal forecasts today. As expected, there has been a huge improvement in Scotland’s economic outlook since the previous forecasts in January 2021, reflecting the success of the vaccine rollout and efficacy.