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Local Taxes

Local Taxes examines how greater tax powers could be devolved to Scotland’s local to make them more financially accountable.

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Scotland’s Economic Future

Scotland’s Economic Future, published by Reform Scotland, is edited by the noted economist Professor Sir Donald MacKay and examines various issues surrounding Scotland’s economic future.

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Devolution plus

Reform Scotland’s evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Scotland Bill committee. The report calls for the Scottish Parliament to be responsible for raising the money it spends as well as calling for a number of major welfare benefits to Holyrood.

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Striking the Balance

Reform Scotland’s latest report, ?Striking the balance?, calls for police forces in Scotland to be matched up to local authority areas to improve public confidence and local accountability.

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2011 Scottish election manifesto critique

Reform Scotland has graded the main parties’ manifesto commitments ahead of the Scottish elections on May 5th and devised the following report card basedon how the parties match up to Reform Scotland’s prescriptions to improve the long term prospects of Scotland.

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Reform Scotland 2011

Ahead of the Scottish elections due to take place on 5th May, Reform Scotland has published a collection of policy ideas designed to create the right environment for long-term economic growth and effective public services in Scotland. The booklet summarises research and recommendations made in our 17 reports published over the past three years.

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Planning Power

Reform Scotland’s latest report, ‘Planning Power’, which sets out ideas on how to improve the planning and housing systems in Scotland.

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Managing Scotland’s Schools: Conference Report

This is a summary report of the Holyrood Magazine Conference, run in association with Reform Scotland, on Tuesday 9 November which looked at issues surrounding the future management and structure of schools in Scotland. This was particularly timely because the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Lifelong Learning & Culture Committee is currently looking at this issue.

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Voluntary Power Consultation Report

Reform Scotland’s latest publication, ‘Voluntary Power’ , is a consultation report to follow up to the consultation paper that we published earlier this year. The original consultation document sought views on how the third sector in Scotland could be expanded and, particularly, how it could play a greater role in the provision of public services.

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Digital Power

Reform Scotland says the importance of keeping abreast of the rapid advances in digital technology warrants a ministerial team with specific responsibility for designing, implementing and monitoring a digital blueprint for Scotland. Faster and more widely available broadband speeds are essential if Scotland is to be at the cutting edge of digital advances.

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Power to Learn

Reform Scotland argues that a deferred fee should be introduced so that graduates contribute towards the cost of their higher education. The report also contains a number of recomendations covering further education.