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Election podcast #2 with special guest Peter MacMahon

We’re back for out second election podcast, sneaking in here just before the Easter weekend. In this week’s podcast, Mairi Spowage and Emma Congreve reflect on the first full week of the election campaign and the themes that came up in this week’s leaders debate.

We also have a guest segment from Peter MacMahon, ITV Border’s Political Editor, to talk about the big political themes as well as what is on table policy wise this election, nationally and in the south of Scotland specifically.

Poverty and inequality: looking pre- and post- pandemic

Tomorrow we will see the latest statistics on income and poverty in Scotland and across the UK. Unfortunately, these statistics won’t be able to tell us about the impact of coronavirus on household incomes as the data will be for the 2019/20 financial year. However, the data will be important in helping us to understand whether poverty was falling pre-pandemic and what else will need to happen once the worst effects of the pandemic recede if we are to meet the ambitions set out in the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act.

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.

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.