A ‘Scotland-specific shock’ was forecast back in January triggering additional budget flexibilities for the Scottish Government over the next few years. This article considers whether the shock still holds up in light of the new OBR forecasts for the UK economy.
The UK has one of the highest levels of regional income inequality across developed countries. The Johnson government proposes to tackle this with a leveling up agenda. But where does Scotland fit into this picture? We show that the answer to this question depends on the type of regions we compare. As a whole, Scotland has income levels close to the UK average but looking closer we find a more nuanced picture.
Our latest report presents evidence on Scotland’s adult social care system for people with learning disabilities. We review a wide evidence base and find that, despite positive progress, the system still falls short of enabling people with learning disabilities to attain the quality of life that was envisaged in key government strategies.