Making the restart work for business and employees

Emma Congreve is joined by Alan Thornburrow, Scotland Director at Business in the Community (BITC) to discuss how businesses have been adapting, the challenges that face them in starting to reopen, and the longer term issues that businesses and government need to face. Chair Emma Congreve, Fraser of Allander Institute …

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A trip back in time…….

The Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy sets out to have a ‘distinct Scottish approach’. A strategy that is based upon supporting the “wellbeing” of the people of Scotland and ensuring that the framework for the economy is – “inclusive: it should be concerned for the economic opportunities of all the people …

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Modelling the Economic Impact of a Citizen’s Basic Income in Scotland – a guide to the report released today

The report, co-authored by researchers from the Fraser of Allander Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University and IPPR Scotland, looks at the costs and benefits of implementing a citizen’s basic income (CBI) in Scotland and the channels through which it may impact upon the economy. The modelling we were asked to carry …

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What Coronavirus means for education, childcare and working parents

The closure of schools and childcare facilities have meant most parents currently have their children at home. Given the expectation that children won’t return to full time education for some time yet, this raises big questions over the quality of their education and the ability of their parents to juggle …

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Implications of the crisis on the Scottish economy – FAI webinar

On Friday 15th May, the Fraser of Allander team hosted a webinar, giving an overview of the current economic situation, the impact of the pandemic and the immediate outlook for the Scottish economy. The presentations focussed on the economic context, highlighting some key findings from research by the institute into …

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What can the Universal Credit data tell us about local impacts in Scotland?

On Tuesday we saw a glimpse of the impact of the initial shutdown on the labour market and claims to Universal Credit. Because of the nature of the shutdown, it is affecting some sectors more than others and indeed leading to increased demand in some.

However, understanding what is happening across Scotland as soon as possible is important as it may give important insight into where particular support needs are, hence these figures are worthy of analysis even if the data can’t be fully explained. This article looks at the changes in the number of people on in Scottish Local Authorities on Universal Credit between March and April 2020 using data released by the DWP.