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Independent, non-party think tank that aims to set out a better way to deliver increased economic prosperity and more effective public services for Scotland.
 Joined September 2016    reformscotland.com
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Think tank calls for rebirth of local democracy to begin with quarterly public forums with First Minister Reform Scotland, the independent, non-partisan think tank, has today released a new briefing on local government reform in the wake of the council elections. In today’s briefing, the think tank calls for the direct election of mayors, the devolution … Elect Mayors to Take Back...
Think tank calls for rebirth of local democracy to begin with quarterly public forums with First Minister Reform Scotland, the independent, non-partisan think tank, has today released a new briefing on local government reform in the wake of the council elections. In today’s briefing, the think tank calls for the direct election of mayors, the devolution … Local Government Reform Read...
The illegal and unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine has shattered the post-Cold War European order. As interstate conflict returns to our North Atlantic neighbourhood, governments and citizens must now reckon with the reality of living with a neighbour who, just hours away, is hell-bent on redrawing the map of Europe in blood. Scotland, tucked up … A Scottish National Security Strategy...
Reform Scotland and the New Statesman are delighted to invite you to join a conversation with Andrew Marr, one of the UK’s leading journalists and commentators. For more than 20 years, Andrew was a lynchpin of the BBC’s politics coverage, first as Political Editor then as presenter of its flagship Sunday morning interview programme. He has recently become Political … Forthcoming...
Reform Scotland is delighted to invite you to join a conversation with the globally celebrated, award-winning American novelist and political activist Don Winslow. Winslow, author of 21 novels, has been feted by fellow writers including Stephen King, James Ellroy and Ian Rankin. He recently released City on Fire, his latest best-seller and the first part of a sweeping … Forthcoming...
Reform Scotland is delighted to invite you to a discussion with Professor Ken Muir about his recent report for the Scottish Government, Putting Learners at the Centre: Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education.    The much anticipated report set out plans to replace the SQA; create a new national agency with oversight of curriculum, assessment, learning … Forthcoming Event:...
There has been a continuing concern about the Scottish education system for some years now, thrown into sharp relief by declining results from the international Pisa studies, the recent depressing OECD report and the effects of the pandemic.  Currently, attention is focused on the SQA assessment regime, particularly the place of examinations, and on the … Urgent need for action in Scottish...
Reform Scotland says “ONS for schools” needed before more major policy change Reform Scotland today calls for the creation of an independent body similar to the Office for National Statistics to oversee the collection and analysis of data from Scotland’s schools. The think tank’s Commission on School Reform has argued that “we know less now about the … Education statistics...
Reform Scotland calls for Chancellor to makes case for road pricing in Spring Statement Reform Scotland, the independent, non-partisan think tank, has today released a new briefing – Pay As You Drive – which advocates the abolition of Vehicle Excise Duty and Fuel Duty and their replacement with a system which charges drivers for the use of … Pay-As-You-Drive Road Pricing Read...
Reform Scotland calls for Chancellor to makes case for road pricing in Spring Statement Reform Scotland, the independent, non-partisan think tank, has today released a new briefing – Pay As You Drive – which advocates the abolition of Vehicle Excise Duty and Fuel Duty and their replacement with a system which charges drivers for the use of … THINK TANK CALLS FOR...
Why does addressing the climate change challenges feel such an unsurmountable peak for so many? As an engineer and working in higher education that has a history of driving technological and societal change, I am much more confident that with a targeted and ambitious mindset there is no reason that a net-zero outcome cannot be … Why new forms of investment are needed in higher education if...
Introduction “I wish we’d had this conversation a year ago.” This remark, or language expressing similar sentiments, is probably the one I hear most in my professional role. For the past twenty years, my primary occupation has been to act as a mediator, assisting and indeed empowering parties who are involved in complex commercial, business, … Transforming Dispute Resolution in...
Last year I spoke to an Irish government official who summarised its economic strategy in a single word: ‘just internationalise’. A bit of a simplification, obviously. But it does capture the sense of focus in Ireland’s enterprise policy: get investment in, get exports out. Yesterday the Scottish Government published its new economic strategy. It has some good things. … The...
Reform Scotland invites you to join an urgent discussion about the situation in Ukraine and its consequences for the wider world. Please note this event takes place this week – on Thursday, February 24 at 6pm. Our guests will include Lesia Vasylenko and Dmytro Natalukha, Members of the Ukraine Parliament, and Dr Jack Watling of the … Forthcoming Event: The Future of the Conservative...
Somehow I’ve been working in politics for 20 years. I can’t quite believe so much time has passed, but as my eldest starts his teenage years, I am seeing more of that time reflected back at me. Twenty years in politics – though that is 20 years very much in the background, in amongst the … Reclaiming my voice – Alison Payne Read More »
Reform Scotland invites you to join an urgent discussion about the situation in Ukraine and its consequences for the wider world. Please note this event takes place this week – on Thursday, February 24 at 6pm. Our guests will include Lesia Vasylenko and Dmytro Natalukha, Members of the Ukraine Parliament, and Dr Jack Watling of the Royal United … Forthcoming Event: The situation in...
This article by Alison Payne first appeared in The Times on 11 February 2022 So-called “sin taxes” are, by design, primarily intended to change behaviour. The revenue generated is of course welcome, but if sin taxes are truly successful they will divert people away from certain activities and, as a result, revenue generated will decline. … Time to ditch the car sin taxes and pay as you...
THE WORLD AT RISK IN 2022 – A conversation with Sir Lawrence Freedman Reform Scotland was delighted to host our first event of 2022 – a conversation with the UK’s most distinguished global strategist Sir Lawrence Freedman. Sir Lawrence discussed the threats posed to global stability by China and Russia, the post-Brexit role of the UK … Peter Mandelson in conversation with Chris...
Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale is to become the new chair of think tank Reform Scotland. The former First Minister takes over from Alan McFarlane, who steps down after seven years chairing the independent, non-partisan, Edinburgh-based think tank. Reform Scotland, which was set up in 2008, is Scotland’s leading think tank, and works to promote increased … Lord McConnell Joins Reform...
FREE THE TEACHERS TO RESCUE SCHOOLING, SAY EXPERTS The Commission on School Reform, the independent group of education experts set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, today marks its 10th anniversary with the publication of a new paper calling for schools to be given more freedom from local and national politicians. The Commission’s paper … Fit for Purpose: School Governance for the...
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