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The Autumn Statement made by the Chancellor has been the main focus of UK politics this week – drawing ire from opposition parties as revealing a “Brexit bombshell” of slower economic growth, higher borrowing and higher debt – but with a series of interesting announcements impacting on Scotland.   Claiming to be […]

November 25 News Digest


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FREEDOM of movement is one of four freedoms of the single market (with goods, services and capital) that the UK did so much to promote a generation ago. The Government appears determined to bargain some freedom of movement for some access to the single market. There is, however, no calculus […]

The economic and social necessity of freedom of movement


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By Professor Anton Muscatelli, writing ahead of an expert panel discussion on Brexit on Friday 18th November, hosted by Policy Scotland in association with the Conversation Nearly six months after the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the path to Brexit is still uncharted. All we know is that because […]

The path to Brexit is still uncharted



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By Dr Margaret Craig, GP in Possilpark and Springburn, Glasgow – consulted by scriptwriter, Paul Laverty, during the development of ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Critics of ‘I, Daniel Blake’, the latest film of Ken Loach and Paul Laverty, have attempted to dismiss it as unrealistic.  If only it were. Let me […]

I, Daniel Blake ‘an accurate representation of austerity Britain’


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  Text of a lecture given by Josef Konvitz at University of Glasgow as part of the Policy Scotland Lecture Series 2016-17 on November 7th 2016. There are many paradoxes about BREXIT. The advocates of BREXIT attacked the EU and especially the Eurozone for failure to remedy the causes of […]

After the Event: Josef Konvitz – Brexit and Freedom of ...


Countdown to Brexit: where next for UK and Europe? Date: Friday 18 November 2016 Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, University of Glasgow Doors open: 5.30pm Event begins: 6.30pm Event ends: 7.45pm The Policy Scotland Brexit series continues with a panel of leading experts discussing the threats and opportunities of Brexit, presented in partnership with The Conversation. […]

Countdown to Brexit: where next for UK and Europe?



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By Dr Sharon Wright, University of Glasgow and co-investigator, Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions. Support and Behaviour Change research project The social security system has been one of the most contentious issues of political debate in recent years – with the U.K. Government’s controversial changes to welfare standing in stark contrast with […]

Research shows sanctions regime failing by even its own standards


Brexit and Freedom of Movement: A Continental Perspective on the Post-Industrial Society Professor Josef Konvitz Date: 7 November 2016 Time: 13:00-14:00 Location: Yudowitz Room, Wolfson Medical School Building, University of Glasgow In the second in the Brexit lecture series from Policy Scotland Josef Konvitz address freedom of movement and asks […]

Event 7 November – Policy Scotland Lecture Series


‘The 2016 Presidential Election: It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over’ Professor Chris Carman, University of Glasgow Date: 25 Ocotober 2016 Time: 6pm Location: Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre All staff, students, and members of the public are welcome.  No advance booking is necessary. The 2016 U.S. Presidential cycle has been […]

Event 25 October – The Stevenson Trust For Citizenship Lecture



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Ken Gibb is the Director of Policy Scotland & a Professor in Housing Economics at the University of Glasgow.  Showing their undoubted media abilities, Shelter today launched a new study describing a model of a living home standard (LHS). The standard is based on 39 attributes of essential and more ‘tradable’ […]

Gimme (a ‘standard’) Shelter


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The Prime Minister has announced that Article 50 will be invoked by March 2017. What Brexit will mean is still unclear. Statements by the Government suggest we are heading for a “hard” Brexit. But we have also been repeatedly told that we are seeking a different model to those already […]

A quick fix for the UK’s Brexit dilemmas


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Kicking off a series of events on Brexit hosted by Policy Scotland, Professor Jim Gallagher today gave a lecture at the University of Glasgow on “The Brexit Paradox: How the wrong choice for Britain offers the right opportunity for Scotland”. Addressing an audience of prominent academics, journalists and experts from […]

Professor Jim Gallagher – The Brexit Paradox: How the wrong ...



The Brexit Paradox: How the wrong choice for Britain offers the right opportunity for Scotland. Professor Jim Gallagher Date: 10 October 2016 Time: 13:00-14:00 Location: Room 257 Hugh Fraser, Wolfson Medical School , University of Glasgow. In the first in a series of lectures hosted by Policy Scotland examining the […]

Event 10 October – Policy Scotland Lecture Series


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Professor Anton Muscatelli is Principal of the University of Glasgow and chair of the Scottish Government Standing Council on the EU. He is writing in a personal capacity  However, we know that institutions also matter crucially in determining the path of the economy. Government decisions can also lead to significant […]

EU Membership and Scotland’s Long Term Growth


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Originally posted on Ken Gibb’s personal blog on July 26 2016. Yesterday morning I went along to the IPPR-hosted Brexit event featuring a keynote speech from the First Minister. More on that later. First, and to set the scene, it is worth thinking a bit about the options to be […]

Brexit: Balancing Scotland, the UK and the EU



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Ken Gibb, Director of Policy Scotland and Des McNulty, Deputy Director of Policy Scotland In the shock and uncertainty following Thursday’s vote, the focus has primarily been on the constitutional, social and economic questions that flow from disengaging with the EU and on the political fallout. Important as these questions […]

Brexit and Public Policy Capacity



new post from David Webster, Honorary Research Fellow, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow After their election in 2010, ministers embarked on a campaign of ‘sanctions’, i.e. withdrawals of benefit, against claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance. They inherited a level of 533,000 a year, but drove it up to a peak of […]

Tackling Britain’s Misleading Benefit Sanctions Statistics



Martin Taulbut, Public Health Information Manager, NHS Health Scotland discusses Universal Credit, public health and the Scottish labour market.  “You’ve got to support Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms”. That was the argument put in a provocative, after-dinner speech to public health professionals I attended three years ago. So the question […]

Credit where it’s due?


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Professor Michael Russell MSP gives his first reaction to the outcome of the European Referendum, and its implications for Scotland. Political anoraks like myself like to speculate before elections about possible outcomes and there has been much such speculation in recent weeks. Accordingly the outcome of the European Referendum was, […]

The Choice Between Two Unions