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£15 million grants available through 'Tampon Tax' fund

Following legislation from the Westminster government's 2015 Autumn statement, VAT on sanitary wear is now used to provide grants for women's health support and economic development charities. There are currently grants of £1 million pounds each available to charities that support women's ment...


Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds an increase in children and pensioners living in poverty

Figures from the think tank show that 300,000 more children and 400,000 more pensioners are now living in poverty than in 2012-13: the first sustained increase in child poverty for 20 years. 14 million people in the UK currently live in poverty – more than one in...


Report reveals lack of social mobility between Scottish boroughs

A study released by the UK Social Mobility Commission has revealed discrepancies between the services of local authorities. There is a gulf between what different councils are able to provide to tackle the attainment gap that impacts upon what sort of life young people could lead.The level of litera...


OECD downgrades UK's Growth Forecast making it the weakest of the G7 countries

The Parisian based think thank the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, today released it's predictions for the UK's growth. It forecast Britain's economic growth to drop from 1.5% in 2017 to 1.2% in 2018 and 1.1% in 2019.The OECD’s forecast for 2018 and 2019 is well below the d...


Fraser of Allander Institute and Scottish Centre for Employment Report on Scottish Labour Market Trends

The Fraser of Allander Institute and Scottish Centre for Employment has released their report on Scottish labour market trends. The Fraser of Allander Institute is a leading economic research institute with over 40 years of experience researching, analysing and commentating on the Scottish econ...


Health and Social care now the biggest employer in Scotland

A new Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) report shows that most people in Scotland are now employed by the NHS or local councils. Health and social care now accounts for 16% of jobs in Scotland, and is likely to continue to rise as the population ages. This marks a shift from t...


UK Employment Figures Fall

Employment in the UK has fallen for the first time in two years. The number of unemployed people went up by 14,000 in the summer quarter according to the Office for National Statistics. The inactivity rate: measuring those who are not employed and are not seeking work, rose to an eight year high. Th...


Inequality is rising as report finds that richest 1% own half the world's wealth

A report published this morning by Credit Suisse has found that 1% of the world's population own 50.1% of the world's wealth. The report looks at where we are ten years on from the financial crisis, it shows that total global wealth is 27% higher today than it was in 2007 before the financ...


The Pound Falls against Dollar and Euro over governmental instability.

The pound has fallen this morning as pressure mounts on prime minister Theresa May over Britain's exit from the EU. Talks from both Micheal Barnier and Brexitiers in the cabinet have lead to a shock for the British market. Sterling has lost almost a cent this morning, to below $1.31. This...


EU calls for Ireland to remain in Single Market and Customs Union to avoid hard border.

A working paper has been published by the EU requesting that the Island of Ireland remains within the single market and customs union.The paper says that in order to avoid a hard border it is essential that there is no difference in rules for either side of the border. It also explicitly spells...


Paradise Papers

Leaked documents of 13.4m files from two offshore service providers and 19 tax havens' company registries know as the paradise papers have been released, revealing how much wealth is stored off shore to avoid tax. Amongst the offshore wealth is 10 Million pounds worth of investment ma...


Job Opportunities at The Federation of Small Business

FSB are looking to recruit two development managers and an operational support co-coordinator. FSB are experts in business, offering services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Their mission is to help small business achieve their ambitions. ...


Managing People for Work Place Innovation Master Class

Managing People for Workplace Innovation Masterclass*Best Western Invercarse Hotel** Dundee, 2 NovemberHR and people management can play a crucial role in supporting employees to innovate and contribute to business performance. HR practices that support upskilling and collaboration can help people t...


Almost Half of Scottish Over 40s Unable to Afford Retirement

Research by YouGov commissioned by Age Scotland and Business in Community has found that 43% of Scots age 40-64 will not have enough money to retire by state pension age.  44% of those survey said they would work until their late 60s to afford their retirement. 36% of those planned to cont...


Inflation Rises to Five Year High

Inflation increased to three percent in September, the highest in five years. The Resolution Foundation have warned that this rise will hit low and middle income families standard of living; a working family with two children could lose  up to £315 pounds a year. Food and transport a...


Centre for Local Economic Strategies publishes Post Brexit Procurement Policy Framework

Centre for Local Economic Strategies publishes Post Brexit Procurement Policy FrameworkOctober 16, 2017The Centre for Local Economic Strategies has published a study that recommends progressive procurement policy for a post brexit environment. CLES has been working for 10 years on a study that...


£6 Million pound fund announced for rural tourism infrastructure.

A six million pound investment in rural infrastructure has been announced by the Scottish government. The boost comes as record tourist numbers have been seen in the UK over the last year. The money will go towards improving parking, recycling points, campsite facilities and footpath access. Th...


“Brexit: What’s at Stake for Businesses”

A new report published by the Scottish government details how uncertainty is impacting companies. The report is published just as Theresa May failed to assure EU citizen's rights in the case of a no deal Brexit. Businesses believe that Brexit may impact recruitment, and hinder future growth. Th...


Job creation for inclusive growth in cities

Joseph Rowntree has published a report that identifies 'more and better jobs' in UK cities. The report shows:There is a significant shortfall in labour demand in 12 major UK cities.Local industrial strategies can raise labour demand in cities and can complement supply-side policies.Policy inter...


Joseph Roundtree Foundation find freeze on benefits 'single biggest policy driver' behind expected rise in poverty

The Joseph Roundtree Foundation has released research that shows that almost half a million more people would be forced into poverty over the next three years if the proposed freeze on benefits goes ahead. A new briefing by JRF published yesterday highlights how the freeze makes famil...


Nicola Sturgeon Announces that the Scottish government will pay 'settled status' fees for EU migrants

The first minister announced yesterday that the Scottish government will pay the settled status fee for any EU citizen working in the public sector. This follows Theresa May's assurance that 'settled status' will be offered to EU citizens who have been in the UK for 5 years or more. This statem...


Mixed reactions to Scottish Government's Fair Start Scotland Scheme

Anger as Fair Start contracts have been predominantly awarded to the private sector.The Scottish Government has given most of the £96 million pounds worth of contracts for the new Fair Start Scotland scheme to private companies. The scheme which will begin in April 2018  will partner...


New Census Reveals Big Growth of Social Enterprises in Scotland

The latest Social Enterprise in Scotland: Census 2017 report has been launched in Glasgow today (Wednesday 6 September). The new report shows clear growth in the number of social enterprises and their economic impact. The research cements Scotland’s global reputation as a world-leading nation...


Scottish Government Unveils Priorities for 2017 - 2018

Scottish Government - Seizing the opportunities of the low carbon revolution, investing in future economic growth and improving the lives of all our young people will be central to the Scottish Government’s Programme for the coming year.Outlining the Government’s priorities First Minister Nicola...


Poverty and Inequality Commissioners Announced

01/09/2017 - Ahead of the first meeting of Scotland’s new Poverty and Inequality Commission,  Chair, Douglas Hamilton today announced the Commissioners will be:David EiserHugh FoyCaroline KennedyKatie SchmueckerSally WitcherTwo deputy chairs, Kaliani Lyle and Naomi Ei...


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