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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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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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Proposed Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council Bill – Mark Griffin MSP

In December, as part of my Members’ Bill campaign to establish a new Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council, I asked the First Minister whether Covid-19 should be classified as an in industrial disease. The response was optimistic – and rightly so. Because the research from the University of Glasgow and Public Health Scotland that I …

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Bereavement policy priorities for the next Scottish Government – Suzanne Grahame

In any given year, almost a quarter of a million Scots experience a new bereavement while a majority (72%) have experienced at least one bereavement in the last five years. Tragically, with more than 6,000 people in Scotland having lost their life to coronavirus, the number of grieving Scots is currently rising. Yet, despite bereavement …

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Scottish immigration and the battle for independence – Kieran Isgin

As support for Scottish independence is on the rise, questions are beginning to be asked about how Scotland would deal with its borders and immigration policies. A poll carried out by STV news found that support for an independent Scotland has now reached a record high of 58% with only 39% unreservedly opposing it. Debates …

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The time has come for the UK Government to introduce statutory paid bereavement leave – Heidi Travis

The coronavirus pandemic has not only opened up conversations around grief, it has also cast a spotlight on the urgent need to better support employees who are dealing with a bereavement. Sue Ryder research has shown that in the last 12 months, 7.9 million people in employment (that’s 24% of all employees [1] ) have …

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