7,715 Independence supporter mega-poll – 57% of SNP voters open to tactical voting on list

Source:: Business for Scotland 7,715 Independence supporter mega-poll – 57% of SNP voters open to tactical voting on list During the 2017 snap election, tactical voting had a significant impact on the result. In my opinion, this was probably the first time in a Scottish election that tactical voting actually worked. After watching the SNP successfully transition the 2014 referendum 45% Yes vote into SNP votes, and sweep the board in the 2015 Scottish […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland 7,715 Independence supporter mega-poll – 57% of SNP voters open to tactical voting on list

UK citizens are dying for Brexit – literally

Source:: Business for Scotland UK citizens are dying for Brexit – literally It’s quite extreme to claim the UK Government is deliberately following a policy that will kill potentially tens of thousands of its people, however, all the evidence points that way and it has to be called out. It’s clear the UK Government is not following the science or listening to public health advice on the […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland UK citizens are dying for Brexit – literally

It’s time for Annual Ground Floor and Roof Rent

Source:: Business for Scotland It’s time for Annual Ground Floor and Roof Rent Since 2015 I’ve been developing a model of Annual Ground Rent called AGFRR  (Annual Ground, Floor, Roof Rent). It’s simple and has the potential to replace all existing UK, Scottish and local taxation, provide a Universal Citizens’ Income of around £200 per week and give all of the people of Scotland a financial stake in […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland It’s time for Annual Ground Floor and Roof Rent

Leicester lockdown proves the Scottish Government was right to be cautious

Source:: Business for Scotland Leicester lockdown proves the Scottish Government was right to be cautious As the city of Leicester is forced back into lockdown as cases spike again, the UK government’s incompetent, some would say heartless, approach to COVID-19 will cost lives and cause deeper economic damage.   From the start of the Covid-19 crisis, it’s been clear the Conservative government was prioritising the economy over public health. Its initial stance […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Leicester lockdown proves the Scottish Government was right to be cautious

Record poll puts independence support at 54% – more detailed analysis

Source:: Business for Scotland Record poll puts independence support at 54% – more detailed analysis Politics-as-normal was suspended when the COVID-19 crisis began and BfS decided to suspend its campaigning as well. However,  recently Unionist politicians have been trying to politicise the coronavirus crisis especially now with the Scottish and Westminster governments diverging on the speed of exit from lockdown. We thought that was unwise, especially given the well documented […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Record poll puts independence support at 54% – more detailed analysis

Progressive privatisation of NHS England has left its government unable to protect its people

Source:: Business for Scotland Progressive privatisation of NHS England has left its government unable to protect its people The UK has the second highest excess death count (behind the US) and the highest death rate when adjusted for population. Why is one of the world’s richest economies unable to protect its people? To understand this, I was reminded of my time heading the risk and insurance division in a FTSE100 company, where understanding […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Progressive privatisation of NHS England has left its government unable to protect its people

Scotianomics creates a map of Scotland’s most at risk communities to help phase lifting of lockdown

Source:: Business for Scotland Scotianomics creates a map of Scotland’s most at risk communities to help phase lifting of lockdown A NEW Scottish think tank has published an interactive map of Scotland which shows the areas of the country which face the greatest and lowest risk of Coronavirus transmission.   A team of researchers and analysts at Scotianomics used multiple dataset sets to draw up its COVID-19 Community Risks Index, the most detailed possible picture […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scotianomics creates a map of Scotland’s most at risk communities to help phase lifting of […]

Appeal for Scottish companies to donate unused industrial PPE

Source:: Business for Scotland Appeal for Scottish companies to donate unused industrial PPE A new appeal has been launched to ask companies in Scotland to donate unused Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Scottish NHS and other care services. Many businesses use PPE in their everyday operations but those businesses may be in lockdown and not using it. They may not be aware that the PPE they posses […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Appeal for Scottish companies to donate unused industrial PPE

Scottish Covid-19 Grant Application Forms Available Now

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish Covid-19 Grant Application Forms Available Now The £10,000 and £25,000 grants that we have been updating you on are being administered via Scottish Councils and most if not all councils have the application forms available to download already.   If you wish to start your application immediately you can use the drop-down list on this Scottish Government site to go straight to […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish Covid-19 Grant Application Forms Available Now

Coronavirus Business Support Update # 3 – from BfS

Source:: Business for Scotland Coronavirus Business Support Update # 3 – from BfS In this update.  Progress on support for the self employed Confirmation of support for sole trader company directors 1) The UK Parliament will vote on coronavirus business support the self employed  The UK Government will see an amendment to the Coronavirus Bill that suggests this level of support (actually capping it at £2,917). This amendment will […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Coronavirus Business Support Update # 3 – from BfS

Coronavirus Business Support Update #2 – from BfS

Source:: Business for Scotland Coronavirus Business Support Update #2 – from BfS Business for Scotland is one of the Scottish Government’s account managed business organisations and we have been in touch with our Account Manager and with Relevant Ministers to request clarity on the business support available. Support package still a work in progress Unfortunately, the relief package is still a work in progress. Given the latest […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Coronavirus Business Support Update #2 – from BfS

Breaking – UK economy has collapsed completely – UK Gov to pay people’s wages

Source:: Business for Scotland Breaking – UK economy has collapsed completely – UK Gov to pay people’s wages Breaking UK Government has had to promise to pay the wages of private businesses that are in trouble as a result of the Coronavirus Any employer will be eligible to ask HMRC to pay most of the wages for those not working but stood down by companies This amounts up to 80% of the salaries up to […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Breaking – UK economy has collapsed completely – UK Gov to pay people’s wages

Coronavirus – Useful information for Businesses in Scotland

Source:: Business for Scotland Coronavirus – Useful information for Businesses in Scotland Issue 1 –  20/03/2020 Numbers you may need The Scottish Government has set up a business helpline to provide Scottish businesses with advice and guidance. The number is 0300 303 0660. The helpline will be open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm. If you are concerned that your business will not be able to meet […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Coronavirus – Useful information for Businesses in Scotland

Small businesses and sole traders left high and dry by UK coronavirus package

Source:: Business for Scotland Small businesses and sole traders left high and dry by UK coronavirus package The UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a £330bn loan package to allow companies to access loans, a business rates holiday, support for airlines in trouble and help for small firms without loss of income insurance.  There will also be a £20 billion package of other support which remains undefined right now. There will also […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Small businesses and sole traders left high and dry by UK coronavirus package

Coronavirus – This time the people will need a bail-out

Source:: Business for Scotland Coronavirus – This time the people will need a bail-out The UK Government’s response to the banking crisis was an enormous round of QE to bail out the banks. Through the issue of government bonds, the UK Bank of England and the UK Government created £435 billion in new money up until the last round in 2016. Coronavirus, or rather the drastic changes to our […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Coronavirus – This time the people will need a bail-out