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The Scottish government’s legislative powers give it an opportunity to shape a distinct living standards agenda from the rest of the UK. Our work focuses on living standards trends across Scotland, and how policy can drive different outcomes.

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Taking stock

Report for the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Commission

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There has been a growing appreciation in recent years that living standards are determined not just by income (the flow of money into a household) but also by wealth (the…
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A welcome boost for ‘just about managing’ families in Scotland

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Yesterday started with a bleak assessment by the Child Poverty Action Group of the impact of ongoing welfare cuts – specifically how the two-child limit on support, which began to…
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Wrong direction: can Scotland hit its child poverty targets?

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The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 created targets for the reduction of child poverty, in a welcome attempt to ensure that poverty reduction remained a policy priority. But agreeing to…
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The £1 trillion pie: how wealth is shared across Scotland 

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The wealth of Scottish households has grown rapidly in recent years and now exceeds £1 trillion for the first time. But from a living standards perspective, what matters is how…
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Will the (Scottish) Budget raise income tax rates?

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With the UK Budget imminent, it’s important not to forget proposals released in Scotland earlier this month. These could lead to increases in income tax rates as soon as April,…
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A tale of two Scottish economies

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Imagine two economies. One has just announced strong economic growth, well ahead of the UK. Over time it’s become more productive relative to the UK and unemployment is as low…
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Scotland continues to be the odd man out in Britain’s post-crisis jobs recovery

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Scotland’s been something of the odd-man-out lately. Missing out on Euro 2016 was bad enough but today’s latest labour market figures confirm that Scotland’s jobs market continues to under-perform compared…
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Battle of the bands: the prospect of council tax reform in Scotland and beyond

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It is 25 years since the UK government announced its plan to abolish the community charge and introduce a new local tax for Scotland, England and Wales. Since then, council tax…
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