Reform Scotland

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Cut then scrap: The case against Air Passenger Duty

Reform Scotland has published a briefing paper in which it reinforces the Scottish Government’s plans to bring forward proposals to cut and then scrap Air Passenger Duty in its programme for government. Air Passenger Duty is due to be devolved by the Scotland Act 2016 and Reform Scotland has today endorsed previous work carried out on …

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Improving Scotland’s Business Environment

The report, which builds on work set out in a range of previous reports, sets out eleven policies designed to improve the business environment in Scotland. The recommendations include a call to scrap Air Passenger Duty upon its devolution to the Scottish Parliament. An Edinburgh Airport study estimated that there could be a £200m economic …

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The best catchment areas: more expensive than going private

FAST FACTS Statistics indicate that buying a house in the catchment areas of the best performing Scottish state schools can cost more than sending children to a private secondary school and living in a less expensive area This highlights that parents ‘pay’ to access schools with good academic results in Scotland, either directly through school …

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Powering Scotland

The report recommends that energy powers should be formally devolved to Holyrood so that the Scottish Government can formulate policy that meets the country’s needs and supports a policy environment that encourages innovative, low carbon sources of energy to accommodate new and emerging technologies that can make a significant economic development and environmental impact, including …

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Planning Power

Despite The 2006 Planning Act, there are still some fundamental problems within the planning system.  This is particularly evident in the housing market where, despite the recent downturn, the general trend over recent decades has been one of rapidly rising house prices with the average house price in Scotland going from £69,312 in 1999 to …

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Scotland’s Economic Future

Scotland’s Economic Future is edited by the noted economist Professor Sir Donald MacKay, who was an advisor to successive Scottish Secretaries over three decades as well as a consultant to both private and public sector organisations. This book examines various issues surrounding Scotland’s economic future and how that relates to the debate surrounding the constitution.  This …

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Digital Power

The aim of this report is to highlight the critical issues which must be addressed to ensure that Scotland’s electronic communications infrastructure is fit for purpose in a digital world and is at the heart of Scotland’s social, economic and cultural future. The report first examines the current digital activity level in Scotland, in other …

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