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Latest data on the Scottish economy – Update 25th September 2020

GDP estimates for Scotland published this week show that the Scottish economy grew by 6.8% in July compared to June. The number of furloughed workers has fallen significantly between July and August in Scotland and the rest of the UK as the Job Retention Scheme started to be wound down. Accommodation & food services and arts, entertainment, and recreation continue to be the sectors which have been most negatively impacted.

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Scotland’s invisible people

People with learning disabilities have much to offer Scotland, yet they often feel left behind. In our latest research project, we analyse the support and opportunities available to adults with learning disabilities in Scotland. Read the full report here.

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Income tax outturn 2018/19 & implications for the budget

Income tax outturn data for 2018/19 has been published. What does it tell us about the performance of the Scottish tax base, and what does it mean for the Scottish budget in 2021/22?

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A new project on adults with learning disabilities in Scotland

We’re delighted to be starting a new year-long research project examining the relationship between people with learning disabilities in Scotland and economic outcomes for them and their families. Here, we provide a taster of what’s to come throughout this project and why this issue matters.

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Orkney Islands Economic Review

Orkney is a unique economy within Scotland and has a number of economic strengths that are evidenced throughout this report. We discuss the key opportunities and challenges facing this Island economy.

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Why is the labour market data proving so resilient so far during this crisis?

In this article we pull out the headline labour market data and set out some of the reasons why these headline indicators are seemingly so resilient despite what we know about the severe impact that the pandemic has had on the Scottish economy and the challenges it poses for the labour force.

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Latest data on the Scottish economy – Update 11th September 2020

This update provides a snapshot of new data on the Scottish economy and households based on data released in the last fortnight. Last month we had official confirmation that Scotland was in a recession in the first half of the year and earlier this month we discussed that the recovery from this recession is likely going to be K-shaped with different sectors experiencing varied recovery times.

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Can fare-free public transport help Glasgow reach their net zero emissions target by 2030?

Can Glasgow utilise fare-free public transport to help reach their 2030 carbon-neutral target?

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A discussion with Jeremy Peat on the current crisis and where we are heading next

Emma Congreve and Graeme Roy were joined by the distinguished economist Jeremy Peat to discuss the current economic situation and how things are looking over the next few months and years. We discussed the challenges that are ahead, including the virus re-emerging on a large scale, and in terms of issues around those businesses and people who will be most affected by the crisis and how government policy will need to react going forward.

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