Back to basics: Research and Development in Scotland

At the end of last year we published our first ‘back to basics’ article on Scotland’s business base. This article is the second in our series and we will be discussing how investment in R&D has evolved the past few years, the challenges and opportunities for R&D in Scotland and the future of R&D.

Welcome to 2021!

2021 has already given us plenty of surprises and no doubt more are on their way. Whatever is going on, rest assured that here at the Fraser we are doing our best to work out and share what this means for the Scottish economy. Governments, firms, and individuals all have a stake in our economy, and our work aims to cover the issues (and hopefully, one day, opportunities) facing them all. As well as our usual commentary on whatever comes our way, here is a overview of the projects we have up our sleeve for this next year.

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A look back on an extraordinary year

Emma Congreve is joined by Mairi Spowage to look back on a year like no other. In this podcast, we discuss our articles from over the past year, picking our highlights and discussing how our thinking has evolved over the course of 2020. Links can be found below to all articles we are discussing – so you can read along at home!

Devolution in 2020: What have we learnt from Brexit and COVID-19?

Mairi Spowage, Deputy Director of the Institute, is joined by Dr Hannah White, Deputy Director of the Institute for Government, to discuss the interaction between the budgetary processes at Westminster and the devolved governments, how well devolved budgetary processes are understood by Westminster, the experience of inter-governmental relations throughout the pandemic, and of course Brexit and the Internal Market Bill.

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Ensuring that the Scottish Budget makes an impact

In this podcast, Graeme Roy and Emma Congreve are joined by Ali Hosie from the Scottish Human Rights Commission and Chris Birt from JRF in Scotland to look at how the Budget could be better at ensuring the budget has the impact on government priorities

Scotland’s Budget Report: 2020

Recent positive news on vaccine development raises expectations that 2021/22 will herald the beginnings of a recovery from both the health and economic shocks caused by Covid in 2020. With this backdrop, what are the implications for the Scottish Government’s budget for 2021/22 – due to be published on 28th January?