Today’s labour market and Universal Credit data give us a glimpse of the initial impact of CoVid-19 on Scotland

This morning the ONS released the latest data from the Labour Force Survey. This is the main source for high quality data about what is happening in the labour market in the UK, and the regions and nations. Today’s data cover the period up to the end of March, and …

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Getting money to families in financial hardship – what can Scotland do?

As policies start to diverge north and south of the border, debate regarding the role of different governments in providing financial support to individuals and households may also start to gather pace. There have already been calls to find ways to get more money out to children living in families …

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Emerging indicators of impacts of Covid-19 on the economy and households in Scotland

There is a great interest in data that can provide timely information on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the economy and ultimately the living standards and wellbeing of the population. One of the challenges is that, unlike many of the health measures that can be used to track …

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Changes in working hours, causes and implications – an introduction to our new project

We have recently started a new year-long project to examine how patterns of weekly hours worked have been changing in recent decades, examine what factors help explain those trends, and to consider implications for poverty, inequality – and policy. Whilst the distribution of hourly pay receives a lot of attention …

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Workers in the construction sector: who are they and what support may they need now and in the future

The construction industry has been disrupted enormously over the course of the Coronavirus pandemic, not least because that vast majority of the workforce is not able to work from home. Whilst the official UK Government advice is for sites to continue to operate if work can be carried out at …

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Workers in the tourism and hospitality sector: who are they and what support may they need in the future?

One of the sectors currently most affected by the Coronavirus response has been tourism and hospitality. This sector was an early casualty of social distancing guidance, and in all likelihood, will be one of the last to go back to anything like normal. Quite how this sector will look in …

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Household finances in Scotland – now and in the future

New summary statistics have been released today on household income for the UK, including Scotland, covering the period up to the 2018/19 financial year. These figures belong to the pre-COVID-19 world but should not be dismissed as irrelevant. They provide a picture of the underlying health of household finances going …

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Where next on inclusive growth? 6 steps to build upon…

It’s hard to talk about economic policy in Scotland without the phrase ‘inclusive growth’ popping up. It is, not just at the core of Scottish Government activity, but the central narrative for local authorities, agencies and public bodies across Scotland. At an event last week, some people asked for our …

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