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Fitch Report discusses credit ratings in event of independence

Fitch Ratings has issued its report on UK: Rating Implications of Scottish Independence. The report explores the risk to the UK in the event of Scottish indepdence. The report acknowledges that the 'devil is in the detail', and the process and outcome of complex negotiations would impact the rating accorded to the United Kingdom. It outlines several key areas of concern:

National Institute of Economic and Social Research at the Royal Economic Society

National Institute of Economic and Social Research at the Royal Economic Society

Scottish Independence and its Macroeconomic Framework

Greens launch report on jobs and emerging industries

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party’s campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, issued a report highlighting the choices an independent Scotland could take to create better jobs and grow emerging sectors of the economy.  

The paper, titled “Jobs-rich, Fair and Flourishing: An Economy For All” was launched by party leader and MSP, Patrick Harvie MSP during a visit to a games developer in Dundee.  

ESRC teams bring Referendum insight to Major Economic Conference

Researchers from  the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland  teams will be presenting their research on Scotland’s economic outlook and the constitutional debate at  the Royal Economic Society's (RES) annual conference this Tuesday (8th April). The presentations will be webcast live from the University of Manchester.

Weir publishes Oxford Economics report on business implications of independence

The Weir Group PLC (Weir) has published a report commissioned by the company and carried out by Oxford Economics which discussesses the potential implications for businesses in an independence scenario. The engineering firm sought to analyse the ramifications of independence on currency and funding costs, implications for trade flows, taxation, and pensions.

Referendum debate sparks new thinking on workplace relations

Research conducted at the Universities of Strathclyde and Oxford has found that the referendum debate is having a significant impact on workplace and employment relations in Scotland.

In a report to be published today (March 31) by the Work, Employment, Skills and Training: Where next for Scotland? (WEST) project, the findings indicate that Scotland is taking a radically different direction to the rest of the UK as it looks to improve important employment relations policies.

David Bell and David Eiser examine the financial implications of Scottish Labour proposals for the devolution of certain welfare benefits. 

The Scottish Labour Party has proposed further powers for the Scottish Parliament. They are perhaps not as radical as might have been expected, but the argument is that rights that are enshrined at UK level – such as free health and education – should be paid for from UK tax resources. This leaves around 40 per cent of spending that could be directly paid by Scottish taxes.

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