Free school meals and child poverty

There have been new announcements on tackling child poverty over the last few days. What are these policies and are they the best way to get money to children in low income families?

Transitions from school to paid employment for adults with learning disabilities: a parent’s perspective

As part of the Fraser of Allander’s programme of work looking at support and opportunities for people with learning disabilities in Scotland, we are keen to learn from people with direct experience of living with a learning disability and those in their support network. In this blog, we hear from the parents of Andrew with their reflections about what support they feel would have helped the transition from school to paid employment.

The effect of Covid-19 on the West Midlands economy

The West Midlands labour market has been sharply affected at the beginning of the pandemic, but its sectoral mix has allowed GDP to start recovering faster compared to rUK once the lockdown was eased. Trade in goods declined significantly in West Midlands due to its reliance on the manufacturing industry. Furthermore, a higher concentration of jobs in low-skilled occupations means that only a small share of employees in West Midlands can work from home.

The evolution of the Scottish Budget 2020/21 – and a look forward to the Spending Review

The Scottish Budget has been allocated over £8bn to address the implications of Covid-19 in 2020/21. This article considers how those funds have been allocated, reviews the fiscal issues and tensions that have emerged , and considers the possible implications of the UK Government Spending Review 2020 for the Scottish BUdget in 2021/22