Reform Scotland

Taxing Times – A discussion about the tax options facing Scotland

Reform Scotland was delighted to hold online discussion about the tax options facing Scotland with international public policy expert Heather McCauley on Thursday 30 June.

Heather has written a new report for Reform Scotland, Taxing Times: Why Scotland needs new, more and better taxes,  which argues that in order for Scotland to cope with the future challenges presented by demographics and climate change, the tax system will need to be completely redesigned, rather than simply tinkering with the rates of current taxes.

Heather discussed her report and the implications for Scotland with Chris Deerin.

Heather McCauley is a former senior civil servant who has worked for the New Zealand and Scottish Governments and the UK Parliament over a 30 year period. Her roles have included policy advisor to two New Zealand Prime Ministers from 2001 to 2012, during which time she advised on a wide range of social, economic and public sector design issues. Heather also brings a first-hand knowledge and understanding of the Scottish context, having worked as a senior civil servant in the Scottish Government from 2012 to 2016, and consulted to various Scottish public bodies since 2018. Heather currently works independently, advising public sector leaders on medium-term strategy and organisational change, and undertaking short-term policy and research projects. Heather is an associate of Reform Scotland.