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#Gers in a nutshell: Scotland is running short of taxpayers

This article by Alison Payne first appeared in The Times on 23 August 2019. This week #Gers was trending across Scotland. Not another football discussion but a reference to politicians and commentators discussing the publication of Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland, a report containing a great deal of financial information about Scotland’s wellbeing. Unfortunately, all too …

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The VAT opportunity

This article by Alison Payne first appeared in issue 25 of Scottish Policy Now. In one of her final moves as Prime Minister, Theresa May has announced a review into devolution. The review is to be chaired by Lord Dunlop, the former Scotland Office minister, and is expected to look at ensuring that UK government …

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Work-place parking charges

This article by Alison Payne first appeared in issue 24 of Scottish Policy Now. There has been a great deal of debate about the proposed work-place parking levy. The Scottish Government has been heavily criticised for wanting to introduce a so-called tax on workers. However, despite the hype and media coverage, that is not what …

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Road Pricing

This article by Alison Payne first appeared in issue 18 of Scottish Policy Now. Tackling air pollution and helping protect our environment for future generations are critical, but while proposals to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 are ambitious, Reform Scotland believes that there are policy changes we can start …

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Landlines in cells: helping families and supporting rehabilitation

This article by Alison Payne first appeared in issue 16 of Scottish Policy Now. Prison exists for four key reasons – punishment, deterrence, public safety and rehabilitation. However, the fourth – rehabilitation – does not always receive the attention it deserves. Rehabilitating prisoners and preventing re-offending is important not just for the prisoner, but also for his or …

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