The UK versus an independent Scotland – which would be better governed?

Source:: Business for Scotland The UK versus an independent Scotland – which would be better governed? Scotland will soon be considering independence again, and how well an independent Scotland would be governed is a topical issue for undecided voters.  It is important to note that the governance of a nation is not about specific political parties or politicians, it is about the structure and systems of government that deliver for the people […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The UK versus an independent Scotland – which would be better governed?

SNP adopts key BfS policy but needs to challenge Westminster on oil taxation

Source:: Business for Scotland SNP adopts key BfS policy but needs to challenge Westminster on oil taxation For more than six years, Business for Scotland (BfS) has been making the case via our website, articles, reports and directly to the Government for a sovereign oil fund to invest in maximising Scotland’s massive renewable energy potential.   Therefore, BfS warmly welcomes the SNP’s pledge to create a Net-Zero fund that aims to generate […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland SNP adopts key BfS policy but needs to challenge Westminster on oil taxation

A tale of two governments: 7 key performance comparisons between the Scottish and Westminster Governments

Source:: Business for Scotland A tale of two governments: 7 key performance comparisons between the Scottish and Westminster Governments With a general election on the way, focusing on Brexit and independence, there will be a blizzard of claims about government records. Therefore, we have compared and contrasted the two governments, the UK Conservatives and SNP in Scotland, in a number of significant areas. It is hugely important to be aware of some of the […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland A tale of two governments: 7 key performance comparisons between the Scottish and Westminster Governments

Ruth Davidson to resign as leader of Ruth Davidson Party

Source:: Business for Scotland Ruth Davidson to resign as leader of Ruth Davidson Party As of today the Ruth Davidson Party, formally known as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, is looking for a new leader. I jest but such is the brand of Ruth Davidson that it is hard to see where the Scottish Conservatives will go from here. Davidson’s reputation as both saviour of the Scottish Conservatives […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Ruth Davidson to resign as leader of Ruth Davidson Party

Raising the state pension age to 75 would exacerbate inequalities and slow the economy

Source:: Business for Scotland Raising the state pension age to 75 would exacerbate inequalities and slow the economy Just when you thought Conservative social policy couldn’t be any further away from the real needs of the population, the presumably ironically named Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a conservative think tank, has recommended that the state pension age (SPA) should rise to 75 over the next 16 years. Under the current law, the SPA is due to […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Raising the state pension age to 75 would exacerbate inequalities and slow the economy

Why Scotland should demand power over corporation tax

Source:: Business for Scotland Why Scotland should demand power over corporation tax The Scottish government can define the policy and legislate over a number of taxes. However, it does not have powers over the VAT, National Insurance, and corporate tax. In fact, following the Scottish referendum in 2014, David Cameron and the UK government refused to grant Scotland with the power to set its own corporate tax […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Why Scotland should demand power over corporation tax

The UK is one of the least family-friendly countries in the OECD

Source:: Business for Scotland The UK is one of the least family-friendly countries in the OECD According to a Unicef report released in June, the UK is one of the least family-friendly countries in the OECD. Parental leave policies are crucial in a society which values sustainable economic growth because they underpin the development of children, parents and society as a whole. Therefore, the UK is failing to make the most […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The UK is one of the least family-friendly countries in the OECD

Poll shows 52% Scottish independence support – General Election looms

Source:: Business for Scotland Poll shows 52% Scottish independence support – General Election looms A major poll carried out by Tory Peer and Pollster Lord Ashcroft has found that support for independence in Scotland has reached 52%. This poll was carried out after the first week of Boris Johnsons premiership and demonstrates the instant increase in independence that has come not only from the idea of Johnson as Prime […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Poll shows 52% Scottish independence support – General Election looms

Scotland needs control over oil and gas revenues to ensure a greener future

Source:: Business for Scotland Scotland needs control over oil and gas revenues to ensure a greener future The Claim: We need to keep the remainder of our oil reserves in the ground for environmental reasons. The Truth: We need to have a managed decline of oil production, with Scotland in control over the revenues generated in order to invest in renewable projects and smooth out the transition to a low-carbon economy. This […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scotland needs control over oil and gas revenues to ensure a greener future

Gender representation on Scotland’s public boards reaches 50%

Source:: Business for Scotland Gender representation on Scotland’s public boards reaches 50% For the first time in Scotland’s history, more than half of all board members appointed to oversee public bodies are women, three years ahead of the target set by the Scottish Government. The increase in female representation on public boards in the last few years is staggering, up 45% from 2016, and shows how quickly […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Gender representation on Scotland’s public boards reaches 50%

Should an independent Scotland choose to join NATO?

Source:: Business for Scotland Should an independent Scotland choose to join NATO? A key issue during the 2014 referendum campaign was whether an independent Scotland would be allowed to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) or not. Experts believed it would; NATO officials refused to comment. However, the global strategic situation has shifted dramatically since then. The European core powers appear more willing to increase their […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Should an independent Scotland choose to join NATO?

New figures show Scotland is leading the renewable energy revolution

Source:: Business for Scotland New figures show Scotland is leading the renewable energy revolution Scotland has been generating a record-breaking amount of energy from renewable sources in 2019. According to the latest figures from Weather Energy, wind farms in Scotland have produced enough energy to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes. That is the equivalent to double the number of homes in Scotland, providing further evidence for Scotland’s […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland New figures show Scotland is leading the renewable energy revolution

Holyrood Needs the Powers to Tackle Stagnating Wages and In-Work Poverty

Source:: Business for Scotland Holyrood Needs the Powers to Tackle Stagnating Wages and In-Work Poverty Stagnating wages in the UK are becoming a major problem both for working people and the economy. Wages have not kept up with the rising cost of living. As a result, the majority of working-age adults in poverty (52%) are now from working households. The idea of work as the best route out of poverty […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Holyrood Needs the Powers to Tackle Stagnating Wages and In-Work Poverty

The Question of Naval Shipbuilding and Scottish Independence

Source:: Business for Scotland The Question of Naval Shipbuilding and Scottish Independence Scotland has a very proud tradition in shipbuilding. Historically, shipyards operated in every town linked with the ocean; Dumbarton, Inverclyde, Glasgow and Ayrshire, Dundee, Leith, Aberdeen are some of the more notable ones. Construction projects varied from fishing and naval fleets to ferries and cruise ships, for customers all-around the globe. However, Scotland’s shipbuilding industry […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The Question of Naval Shipbuilding and Scottish Independence

Scotland’s Citizens’ Assembly plans in brief

Source:: Business for Scotland Scotland’s Citizens’ Assembly plans in brief Last Wednesday, Scottish Constitutional Minister Mike Russell outlined additional details on the Citizens’ Assembly announced in April 2019. In this, he specified a timeline, selection process and remuneration.  The basic idea is for a cross-section of members of the public to listen to evidence and question experts from all sides of the constitutional debate in […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scotland’s Citizens’ Assembly plans in brief