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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.

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Democratic Power

Reform Scotland\’s report \’Democratic Power\’ argues that quasi non-governmental organisations, which account for more than 40% of all public spending, should either have their functions brought back ‘in-house’ to government or be replaced by fully-autonomous, independent bodies.

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Fiscal Powers 2nd Edition

In a report entitled Fiscal Powers, Reform Scotland concludes that effective government is best achieved where the responsibility and accountability for spending taxes is matched by the ability to set and raise them.

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Power to Build

Reform Scotland believes that providing key infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, roads and railway, requires a new and more flexible approach as we have set out in our report published today, ‘Power to Build.’ The report sets out recommendations which would provide a more effective method of financing and managing infrastructure projects.

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Power to Connect

Reform Scotlands proposals in Power to Connect set out a vision of a co-ordinated, modern and highly efficient travel network which Scotland has lacked through a persistent piecemeal approach to transport.It also calls for further investigation into how a Scotland-wide road pricing scheme might be implemented.

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Patient Power

Reform Scotland says learning lessons from other European countries and empowering patients by making the service more accountable to them as well as giving them greater control over the health care they receive are the keys to a more effective health care system in Scotland.

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Parent Power

This report, ‘Parent Power’, examines how the principles of greater choice and competition might be applied to the Scottish education system to raise overall standards and extend educational opportunity.

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Fiscal Powers

Reform Scotland calls for the Scotland to be given powers to raise all the money it spends and have its own ‘Chancellor of the Exchequer’, to make the Scottish Parliament more financially accountable. The report also calls for the Barnett Formula to be scrapped and a ‘re-balancing of the Constitution’.