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



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


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


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


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


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



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?


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




Economist Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, writing in a personal capacity. The current EU referendum debate has focused on the negatives of the choice. In part this is because the ‘Leave’ campaign has suggested that the UK would be free to shape its economic, social and […]

Forget Project Fear, Time to hear the Positive Case for ...


The Leave campaign’s arguments about trade are based on out-dated, irrelevant assumptions and models – following them would be catastrophic for the UK economy, writes Professor Ronald MacDonald of the University of Glasgow. Trade and the EU Referendum Trade is at the core of the economic debate on the EU […]

Trade and the EU Referendum: Why the Leave campaign has ...


Joanna Spiers The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.   I’ve been working at Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector for around 18 months; my job is to coordinate some of the welfare reform activity happening across Glasgow’s Third Sector; to help […]

Working with the real welfare reform experts



Ken Gibb, Policy Scotland Director Reposted from ‘Brick by Brick’ The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow. Last month, the Additional Member System reasserted itself and ended majority government (just). The SNP continue in power but as a minority administration (just). One […]

‘Five Years, that’s all we’ve got’: the Scottish election and ...


Martin Taulbut, Public Health Information Manager NHS Health Scotland The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.     “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 […]

Credit where it’s due? Universal Credit, public health and the ...