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UK Budget 2021 and implications for Scotland

This was a budget of two parts – more spending in the short term to support mitigate the impacts of covid restrictions, and future fiscal tightening to address concerns about fiscal sustainability. But what were the implications for Scotland?

Economy Round Up, 12th February 2021

Emma Congreve is joined by Mairi Spowage to give an update on what the latest Scottish Business Monitor and ONS GDP statistics tell us about how the economy is fairing. They also discuss some of the findings from the Social Care Support for Adults report published last week by the FAI. 

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Budget 2021/22: initial reaction

The focus of this budget was predictably on supporting health and the economic recovery, when it comes. But it had a pre-election feel too, with several tax cuts. Read our initial reaction

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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!

Devolution in 2020: What have we learnt from Brexit and COVID-19?

Mairi Spowage, Deputy Director of the Institute, is joined by Dr Hannah White, Deputy Director of the Institute for Government, to discuss the interaction between the budgetary processes at Westminster and the devolved governments, how well devolved budgetary processes are understood by Westminster, the experience of inter-governmental relations throughout the pandemic, and of course Brexit and the Internal Market Bill.

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.