Issues & Ideas


Blog: Child poverty pledges require bold action to redirect resources

Stephen Sinclair argues that to meet its own ambitious child poverty goals, the Scottish Government must focus public services where they are most needed, and ensure employers play their part.

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Blog: Reflecting on the Child Poverty Strategy 2014-2017

Evan Williams argues that the success of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill will rely on policy initiatives that explicitly target welfare and housing provision.

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Publication: Reports for the Poverty and Inequality Commission

Following the passage of the historic Child Poverty (Scotland) Act in November which imposes a requirement on local authorities to tackle poverty, Policy Scotland has provided several reports to support the work of the Poverty and Inequality Commission. The Commission has been tasked with providing independent advice to Scottish Ministers on poverty and inequality, monitoring […]

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Scotland’s Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment – A Timely Analysis

Nine months have passed since the UK government triggered article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which formally started the march towards Brexit. As we are about to embark on phase 2 of the negotiations, including crucially the nature of the future UK-EU relationship, there are many reasons to be concerned. Inexorably and depressingly, the prospect […]

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Community Benefits, Infrastructures and Major Capital Investments Roundtable

The Crichton Institute, a Research Institution in Glasgow University, hosted a roundtable on Community Benefits, Infrastructures and Major Capital Investments. Hosted by Professor Carol Hill, Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Director of Campus and of the Crichton Institute, the roundtable was organised by Dr Cristina Orsatti, Associate Researcher in Regeneration, facilitated by Professor […]

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Muscatelli – Time for a grown up debate on tax

By Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli Devolution was always said to be a process rather than an event. Over the past eighteen years, Holyrood, perhaps after hesitant beginnings, has more and more come of age. Free personal care, a ban on smoking in public places, free prescriptions, an end to student tuition fees and, most recently, […]

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David Martin MEP’s speech on Brexit

On Monday 20 November 2017, David Martin MEP presented a talk entitled ‘Brexit: Who is taking back control?’ in the Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre at the University of Glasgow, one of a series of Policy Scotland events on Brexit. David is is one of the longest serving members of the European parliament where he has […]

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David Martin MEP: BREXIT- who is taking back control

David Martin MEP is one of the longest serving members of the European parliament where he has served in a number of prominent posts. He was the European Parliament’s rapporteur on what became the Maastricht and Amsterdam Treaties and served as Vice-President of the European Parliament from 1989 to 2004, the longest period anyone has served in that position. He is […]

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Dignity and Respect: workshop on new Social Security arrangements in Scotland

Blog on Carnegie UK/Policy Scotland workshop on embedding Dignity and Respect in the Scottish Social Security system Des McNulty The Scottish Government has identified five principles underpinning its approach to devolved social security: Social security in an investment in the people of Scotland Respect for the dignity of individuals is at the heart of everything […]

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