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To avoid another lost decade for Scotland’s nature, we need legally binding targets for nature’s recovery – Anne McCall

Mass extinctionWe are living through a mass extinction. Since 1970, we’ve seen a drop of almost 70 per cent in average populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish, and over a quarter of assessed species are now threatened by extinction. It’s undeniable that developing countries in sub-Sahara Africa and South Asia have suffered first …

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New Year’s Day Shopping Ban is Illiberal & Short-sighted – David Lonsdale

It has been sixteen enormously difficult and tumultuous months since Scotland entered the first Covid lockdown. The retail industry has faced some of the toughest restrictions. The majority of Scotland’s shops have been compelled to close twice – for at least 220 days – to aid the national effort against Covid. For those stores in …

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The pandemic’s impact on graduate opportunities in Scotland – Edinburgh University Consulting Club

Reform Scotland has been delighted to once again mentor a team of students from the University of Edinburgh. This is the third year of our collaboration, with this year’s team looking at employment opportunities for graduates in Scotland. A summary of the final report is outlined below along with a link to download the full …

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Predictions for Holyrood health policy over the next 5 years – Gordon Hector

Now that the dust has settled on the election, we can start making some intelligent guesses about the debates which will shape the 2021-26 parliament. Political predictions are famously easy to make, after all. Here are mine, on how health and care will evolve at over the next 5 years – and which the new …

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New Age Assessment Rules for Asylum Seeking Young People – Aaron Gates-Lincoln

New UK government proposals surrounding reforms to age assessments of asylum-seeking individuals are putting children at serious risk of mistakenly being deemed to be adults. Invasive tests will be performed on children arriving in the UK as part of the plans, and may result in many of them being exposed to safeguarding risks and becoming …

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How to turbo-charge Scotland’s economy – Malcolm Offord

Scotland’s public finances are revealed each year in the publication named GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland). Most recently published in August 2020, these figures do not make comfortable reading for the SNP, who have been in government in Scotland now for 14 years. In summary, GERS reveals that the British Dividend is more valuable …

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Hospitality is ready – the Scottish Government should be too – Stephen Montgomery

It’s impossible for me to get excited about the partial and gradual reopening of the hospitality sector when the industry that I have worked in for over a decade continues to be unfairly targeted by the Scottish Government. Although a path towards normality appears to be taking shape, arbitrary curfews and an illogical stance on …

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