The Scottish Parliament building

Election 2021: Child poverty consensus but more will be required to meet the targets

There is an apparent consensus among the main political parties that there needs to be additional action in the next parliament on poverty, and particularly child poverty. This article looks across the manifestos to review action on the three main policy areas that can make the biggest difference to poverty in the here and now: social security, work and housing, to tackle poverty.

Scottish Parliament Building

Election Issue brief – job numbers impacts

Some of the parties have committed to infrastructure or capital programmes, which can have very large sums attached to them over multiple years. Often, though, there will also be estimates for the number of jobs “created” or “supported” due to these programmes. But how do the parties come up with these numbers?

Designing and funding the devolved nations’ policy responses to COVID-19

The UK’s devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are responsible for designing and implementing large parts of the health and economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But how effectively do their funding settlements enable them to do this? Do the devolved funding settlements adequately protect the devolved governments from funding risks, or impede their policy responses?