The Croydon Principle – How Westminster secretly sends Scotland’s budget south

Source:: Business for Scotland The Croydon Principle – How Westminster secretly sends Scotland’s budget south There is a little known Westminster spending policy that places a charge on Scotland’s public sector accounts, but the economic benefit of it is felt outside of Scotland. In short, Scotland does not benefit from all of the spending that the UK Government claims it spends on Scotland’s behalf. I call this ‘The Croydon Principle.’ […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The Croydon Principle – How Westminster secretly sends Scotland’s budget south

The significance of Kate Forbes’ appointment as Scotland’s first ever female secretary of finance

Source:: Business for Scotland The significance of Kate Forbes’ appointment as Scotland’s first ever female secretary of finance Kate Forbes, has been appointed by Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister (FM), as the Finance Secretary of the Scottish government.1 Business for Scotland has welcomed Forbes’ appointment, as apart from being a great choice, it is also of historical significance to Scottish politics. She is Scotland’s first woman finance secretary and the youngest person, 29 […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The significance of Kate Forbes’ appointment as Scotland’s first ever female secretary of finance

Revealed: The ACCOUNTING TRICK that Hides Scotland’s Wealth (2020)

Source:: Business for Scotland Revealed: The ACCOUNTING TRICK that Hides Scotland’s Wealth (2020) Every Westminster Government in your lifetime has knowingly diverted tens of billions of pounds of Scottish revenues to Westminster. This has led to lower investment in Scotland, higher unemployment, lower economic growth, lower standards of living, economic migration and growing inequality and poverty. All of which would not have been the case if Scotland was […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Revealed: The ACCOUNTING TRICK that Hides Scotland’s Wealth (2020)

Glasgow and Edinburgh top the ‘European Cities of the Future’ rankings

Source:: Business for Scotland Glasgow and Edinburgh top the ‘European Cities of the Future’ rankings Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, was named ‘large European city of the future for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) strategy’ by the Financial Times’ fDi Intelligence European Cities of the Future 2020/21 report. The country’s capital, Edinburgh, on the other hand, was ranked second overall in the ‘mid-sized European city of the future’ category. In addition, Livingston, […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Glasgow and Edinburgh top the ‘European Cities of the Future’ rankings

Scotland’s cultural tourism is an economic asset to be cherished

Source:: Business for Scotland Scotland’s cultural tourism is an economic asset to be cherished January the 25th is the day Scotland pays tribute to its ‘national bard,’ Robert Burns. This is a well-known fact to the people of Scotland. However, what is not as well known is that, according to recent research by the University of Glasgow,1 led by Professor Murray Pittock, Robert Burns contributes £203 million a year […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scotland’s cultural tourism is an economic asset to be cherished

The quick-quiz on Scotland’s economy that shocked independence supporters and unionists alike

Source:: Business for Scotland The quick-quiz on Scotland’s economy that shocked independence supporters and unionists alike In early December, we decided to test people’s knowledge of Scotland’s economy with a fun online quiz that coincided with the launch of our now hugely successful book, “Scotland the Brief”.   The quiz took off like a rocket, and already 45,000 people have participated. As many as 21,000 of those have revisited the quiz, […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The quick-quiz on Scotland’s economy that shocked independence supporters and unionists alike

Nicola Sturgeon’s Referendum Announcement Tactics Explained

Source:: Business for Scotland Nicola Sturgeon’s Referendum Announcement Tactics Explained I spent a great deal of yesterday suggesting to independence supporters that they lower their expectations. The Scottish First Minister does not yet have a free hand to call and then win a referendum on Scottish Independence. Nicola Sturgeon and her government are between a rock and a hard place and there is a lot […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Nicola Sturgeon’s Referendum Announcement Tactics Explained

Vulnerable people in Scotland could be hit the hardest by Brexit

Source:: Business for Scotland Vulnerable people in Scotland could be hit the hardest by Brexit With Brexit day looming, Scotland is about to experience the consequences of leaving the EU, even though the people of Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain. The outcome of Brexit and the impact it will have within society is dependent on the type of Brexit that is agreed upon. The UK has a deal to leave […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Vulnerable people in Scotland could be hit the hardest by Brexit

UK Government Instantly Rejects Common Sense Call for Immigration Devolution

Source:: Business for Scotland UK Government Instantly Rejects Common Sense Call for Immigration Devolution The Scottish Government published a new policy paper calling for immigration powers to be devolved to Scotland for the purpose of establishing a new “Scottish Visa” system. This proposal follows surveys which found that 64% of Scots back immigration powers being devolved to Scotland. Yet, despite public opinion in Scotland, and this document being based […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland UK Government Instantly Rejects Common Sense Call for Immigration Devolution

Vital improvements needed to Scottish rural transport

Source:: Business for Scotland Vital improvements needed to Scottish rural transport As we enter the New Year, Scot Rail has announced another rise in ticket prices. The average rise will be 2.4%, slightly lower than the UK average. While this increase will hit the pockets of all individuals living in and travelling across Scotland by train, this rise in price will be significantly damaging for those […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Vital improvements needed to Scottish rural transport

Highlands and Islands at top of UK well-being and happiness rankings

Source:: Business for Scotland Highlands and Islands at top of UK well-being and happiness rankings A recent research report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) suggests that some of Scotland’s remote and rural areas are among the happiest regions to live in the UK. At the same time, The Bank of Scotland Happiness Index indicates similar results, with the residents of the Highlands and Islands being ranked as the […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Highlands and Islands at top of UK well-being and happiness rankings

To sell federalism, Scottish Labour would have to admit that the Union has failed

Source:: Business for Scotland To sell federalism, Scottish Labour would have to admit that the Union has failed The General Election result in Scotland saw the independence supporting SNP winning 81% of the seats and the Unionist parties, who campaigned to stop a second independence referendum, only managing 19% of the MPs. In the aftermath of this result, Scottish Labour which was all but wiped out is clutching at the straws of federalism […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland To sell federalism, Scottish Labour would have to admit that the Union has failed

Boris Johnson is repeating Swinson’s error and it will end the Union

Source:: Business for Scotland Boris Johnson is repeating Swinson’s error and it will end the Union The Liberal Democrats had the opportunity of a lifetime to do well and maybe even hold the balance of power in GE 2019. Their stars were aligned but they threw it all away by committing the biggest and most basic error in politics. They adopted an idea that had majority support (stopping Brexit) but they […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Boris Johnson is repeating Swinson’s error and it will end the Union

Labour and Conservatives oppose vital Scottish Rate Relief Schemes

Source:: Business for Scotland Labour and Conservatives oppose vital Scottish Rate Relief Schemes Despite the fact that thousands of small Scottish businesses continue to face huge uncertainty due to the ongoing Brexit chaos, Labour and Conservative MSPs have voted to worsen the situation by withdrawing nearly £300 million of rates reliefs for businesses across Scotland. A vote to end business rates relief An attempt to end the vital […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Labour and Conservatives oppose vital Scottish Rate Relief Schemes

Lib Dem forgeries, Tory lies and fakery – an assault on democracy (2 of 2)

Source:: Business for Scotland Lib Dem forgeries, Tory lies and fakery – an assault on democracy (2 of 2) It doesn’t matter what order you read them in, or even if you read only one, but this article is part two of my analysis “Lib Dem forgeries, Tory lies and fakery’ and this section focuses on the Conservatives. Part one my the analysis of the Lib Dems tactics focused mainly on fake newspapers, seemingly […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Lib Dem forgeries, Tory lies and fakery – an assault on democracy (2 of 2)