Latest data on the Scottish economy – Update 10th July 2020

This update provides a snapshot of new data on the Scottish economy and households. Business indicators confirm that Scottish businesses continue to operate well below capacity, but there is clear evidence of more businesses returning. The reopening of High Street retailers at the start of this month brought a spike in demand – even exceeding pre-crisis levels.

Construction of infrastructure

Fiscal stimulus? Plus a note about ‘borrowing powers’…

We set aside some time yesterday to look over the Prime Minister’s economy announcements, following the trail that it would set out a plan for recovery. At the heart of the announcement was a £5bn “new deal” to build homes and infrastructure. But has been widely pointed out, there was …

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The Scottish Parliament building

Latest data on the Scottish economy

This update provides a snapshot of new data on the Scottish economy and households. Overall, we are yet to see change in most business indicators, although consumer interest appears to be improving. The labour market and household finances remain precarious.

Buchanan Street Glasgow looking busy

Poverty in Scotland: A discussion with JRF on progress pre, during and post Covid-19

At the end of the parliamentary year, we would normally have received a progress report form the Scottish Government on their efforts to tackle child poverty and how they are making progress towards the statutory child poverty targets. The report has been postponed indefinitely, but this doesn’t mean that work …

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What can we learn from previous pandemics and from the response to Covid-19 so far?

Jeremy A. Lauer, Professor of Management Science, Strathclyde Business School, (formerly) Economist with the World Health Organization If you would prefer, you can read or download this article as a PDF In spite of being the most foreshadowed global catastrophe in recent history, the COVID-19 pandemic has managed to catch …

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Student working on their education

An overview of today’s new commentary articles: poverty, educational attainment and Covid-19

Today we publish two new articles and an accompanying podcast as part of the June 2020 Fraser or Allander Economic Commentary looking at issues for some of the most disadvantaged households in Scotland. The Scottish Government sees poverty and the poverty related education attainment as important issues that need to …

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