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Citizen-empowering reform of personal data must be a priority – Alan Mitchell

Scotland’s First Minister and Priorities – a request How many priorities can the new First Minister cope with? In plain English a ‘priority’ is something you attend to first because of its importance or urgency. Which means that once you have more than a few, they aren’t ‘priorities’ any more – just another item in […]

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Creative Industries: Scotland’s hidden superpower – Rachael Brown

During the pandemic we all consumed creative products, services, and experiences like never before. We devoured tv shows, ordered and consumed books, made music, generated ideas, bought fashion, created art, played games, recorded podcasts and took part in online classes in everything you could think off. Despite this, somehow the creative sector is still not

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It is possible to farm without subsidies – Duncan Pickard

Almost all discussions on farming have emphasised the importance of subsidy income support. A typical example was from the chief strategy officer of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) who said that subsidy income accounted for 80% of farm income in Scotland. This estimate must have been based on the officially produced, average Net

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The case for an Annual Ground Rent – Duncan Pickard

The governments of most countries have budget deficits and increasing national debts. The taxes they currently collect are unable to meet the costs of health and welfare provision of their older people and for the care and education of their young ones.  The majority of tax revenues are imposed on earned incomes and trade (Income

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The Scottish Government 2022 Resource Spending Review: Yes. But How? – Alan Mitchell

The Scottish Government’s latest resource spending review Investing in Scotland’s Future is admirable in many ways. But it is also worrying. Ministers clearly have their hearts in the right place. They clearly want Scotland and its citizens to thrive. They also understand all too well that they are stuck between a very hard rock (of

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Improving our tax communications and engagement – Tom Arthur MSP

In October 2021 I wrote a blog for Reform Scotland about the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Framework for Tax. I’m pleased to say that we received a wealth of valuable and detailed input from a wide variety of stakeholders. The final version of the Framework was published in December 2021 shortly after the Scottish

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