The Scottish Government has announced that NHS and care workers will receive a one-off thankyou payment of £500 this year. Like any bonus payment, these will be taxed. But where will tax revenues go, and is there a case for exempting the bonus from tax?
As part of the Fraser of Allander’s programme of work looking at support and opportunities for people with learning disabilities in Scotland, we are keen to learn from people with direct experience of living with a learning disability and those in their support network. In this blog, we hear from the parents of Andrew with their reflections about what support they feel would have helped the transition from school to paid employment.
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.
The Scottish Budget has been allocated over £8bn to address the implications of Covid-19 in 2020/21. This article considers how those funds have been allocated, reviews the fiscal issues and tensions that have emerged , and considers the possible implications of the UK Government Spending Review 2020 for the Scottish BUdget in 2021/22
This update provides a snapshot of new data on the Scottish economy and households based on data released in the last fortnight. The latest data confirms that businesses across most sectors of the Scottish economy are currently trading, with tourism-facing industries continuing to be hit the hardest by the ongoing tiered lockdown system.