Reform Scotland

Govt & constitution

Taxable benefits – Alison Payne

Today Reform Scotland has published a briefing which includes a policy recommendation that Scotland should change the administration arrangements for Carer’s Allowance when it is devolved to Scotland following the passing of the Scotland Bill 2015/16. Carer’s Allowance is a taxable benefit. In other words, although the government is giving you some money, it wants to take some …

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Liberal economy or Utopia?: the paradox of Thomas Reid – Kris Grint

Any discussion of the Scottish Enlightenment typically conjures up images of two of Scotland’s most eminent intellectuals: Adam Smith and David Hume, with the former’s achievements in economics only matched in stature by the latter’s accomplishments in philosophy. These reputations are well deserved, but there is of course more to the Scottish Enlightenment than the contributions of these two …

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Basic Income Guarantee: a 21st Century Scottish Welfare System? – Siobhan Mathers

In recent years, Scotland has been much pre-occupied with constitutional matters. You’d have had to live in a cave to avoid the reflection and debate on who and what we are as a nation and whether we should be an independent country or remain part of the UK. The best of this debate has examined …

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The Scottish Liberal Tradition – Dr Craig Smith

During the referendum debate we heard a lot about the distinctiveness of Scottish political culture. There is a widespread belief that Scotland is in some sense a more social democratic and left-wing country than some of her neighbours. Laying aside the accuracy of these claims, challenged as they have been by the evidence of social …

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Home rule is the answer – it just needs a rebrand – Siobhan Mathers

This post by Siobhan Mathers, which first appeared in the Sunday Times on 20 September 2015, is a summary of her chapter from a forthcoming publication, ‘Reforming Scotland’, produced by Reform Scotland. Think of home rule and it’s not hard to hear the words being uttered by Gladstone or Asquith over a century ago – or even Heath …

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