Devolving income tax revenues to local authorities – some analysis of distributional implications

Frantisek Brocek and David Eiser Should local authorities’ revenue sources include a locally set income tax? Or, alternatively, a proportion of the income tax revenues that are raised from its own residents? This question has been pondered repeatedly – although with varying degrees of seriousness – over the past 15 …

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What is the case for increasing council tax rates in Scotland?

This blog shows that council tax rates are now markedly lower in Scotland than in England and Wales. Increasing council tax in Scotland to match rates in Wales (or England) would raise substantial revenues, but would have adverse distributional implications. On balance, the case for more fundamental reform of property …

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FAI Economic Commentary: Tackling regional economic inequalities

Tackling regional economic disparities has been a priority of successive governments in both the UK and Scotland. The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy is their latest attempt, with regional growth 1 of 5 ‘foundations of success’. Here in Scotland, ‘cohesion’ – or its new term ‘regional inclusive growth’ – has been …

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Tracking local labour market performance since the Great Recession

On Friday, we published the latest edition of our new quarterly publication – Labour Market Trends – with our colleagues in the Scottish Centre for Employment Research. The aim of the report is to highlight recent developments in the Scottish labour market and to bring to the fore some of …

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