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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.
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Reform Scotland makes case for 1p on Income Tax before transitioning to social insurance Reform Scotland, the independent, non-partisan think tank, has today released a new report on paying for social care. In The Cost of Caring: Getting Serious About Funding and Improving Social Care in Scotland, the think tank calls for a cross-party commission to … Think Tank Calls for Cross-Party...
Reform Scotland makes case for 1p on Income Tax before transitioning to social insurance Reform Scotland, the independent, non-partisan think tank, has today released a new report on paying for social care. In The Cost of Caring: Getting Serious About Funding and Improving Social Care in Scotland, the think tank calls for a cross-party commission to … The Cost of Caring: Getting Serious...
I started writing this piece quite a few weeks ago when the horrendous situation in Afghanistan was top of the news coverage, the UK Prime Minister was about to visit New York and Washington and there was a minor issue about an oil field off the West of Shetland. Energy is now front and centre … Cambo- Aye or No? – Stuart Paton Read More »
A wee theme has emerged during the ambulance crisis: that it comes after years of cutting bed numbers, and therefore the NHS isn’t ready. This claim popped up earlier in summer, and then again last week. It’s true, but only half the story. Here’s why. An NHS bed exists in time and space: technically we count … Should we be worried about the number of hospital beds? – Gordon...
When the Scottish Parliament was established in 1999, roughly 93% of Scotland’s funding came in the form of a block grant calculated through the Barnett Formula. In a relatively short period of time this balance has drastically shifted, with around 40% of the Scottish Government’s resource budget now being funded through devolved and local tax … Scotland’s Framework for Tax –...
NEW CALL FOR INNOVATIVE INVESTMENT TOOL TO SUPER-CHARGE COVID RECOVERY Reform Scotland, the independent non-partisan think tank, and The Growth Partnership, have today published a new paper – Investing for Good: Why Social Impact Investing is right for Scotland – which lays out the case for Social Impact Investment to super-charge Scotland’s recovery from Covid. Social...
The current health and care system in Scotland is overwhelmed. By health and care system, I mean everything from hospital care to primary and community care to social care; I include everything that is delivered by the NHS, local government, the third sector and the private sector. By overwhelmed, I mean that the current design … A Critical Moment For Health and Care – Paul Gray Read...
Suddenly everyone is talking about exams. After two years of upheaval as a result of COVID-19 the old certainties are starting to crumble and some surprising people are beginning to think the previously unthinkable and say the previously unsayable. It’s as if they’ve suddenly had to admit that the emperor might in fact be stark … Are exams reliable? – Melvyn Roffe Read More »
The scene is set for a constitutional stand-off over the course of this parliament, with significant implications for the relationship between Holyrood and Westminster, and the likelihood of legal as well as political battles. These issues, as well as the lessons learned from the referendums of 2014 and 2016, were discussed at a Reform Scotland … Susan Aitken in conversation with Chris...
NEW CALL FOR INNOVATIVE INVESTMENT TOOL TO SUPER-CHARGE COVID RECOVERY Reform Scotland, the independent non-partisan think tank, and The Growth Partnership, have today published a new paper – Investing for Good: Why Social Impact Investing is right for Scotland – which lays out the case for Social Impact Investment to super-charge Scotland’s recovery from Covid. Social...
NEW CALL FOR INNOVATIVE INVESTMENT TOOL TO SUPER-CHARGE COVID RECOVERY Reform Scotland, the independent non-partisan think tank, and The Growth Partnership, have today published a new paper – Investing for Good: Why Social Impact Investing is right for Scotland – which lays out the case for Social Impact Investment to super-charge Scotland’s recovery from Covid. Social Impact...
SCHOOL CURRICULUM LACKS KNOWLEDGE, SAY EXPERTS The Commission on School Reform, the independent group of education experts set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, today calls for the acquisition of knowledge to take its place alongside the acquisition of skills in Scotland’s school curriculum. The Commission, which is composed of teachers and other education … Observations on the OECD...
This summer we received grim news: after some progress in reducing deaths caused by alcohol in Scotland, we not only ground to a halt but we took a giant step backwards. 1,190 people died directly from alcohol in 2020. This is devastating. Not only did those 1,190 people have to struggle with their addiction and … Time To Act On Minimum Unit Pricing – Elinor Jayne Read More »
In the current debate relating to the rigour of exams and their place in assessment, it is universally recognised that pupil achievement comes from a wider range of activities than simply SQA accreditation for academic (and practical based) study.  For within the school curriculum there is scope for pupils to achieve accreditation from a wider … Wider Achievement Opportunities in...
Lindsay Paterson says recent report is “shallow, badly written and has no systematic statistical evidence base” Reform Scotland, the independent non-partisan think tank, has today published a paper written by Edinburgh University Professor Lindsay Paterson in which he states that the recent OECD review of Curriculum for Excellence: did not deliberately seek out evidence that … Partial,...
The report on Scotland’s school curriculum by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is likely to shape Scottish education policy for several years. Much delayed because of Covid, its eventual publication in June was acclaimed by almost all commentators. The Scottish government were satisfied with the OECD’s praise of ‘Curriculum for Excellence’, the … ...
Exactly ten years ago, the UK Government was trying to reorganise the NHS in England. It was a massive, complex set of changes, and a senior mandarin warned that it was ‘the only change management system you can actually see from space – it is that large’. This year in Scotland, we are about to … The Proposed National Care Service – Gordon Hector Read More »
Mass extinction We are living through a mass extinction. Since 1970, we’ve seen a drop of almost 70 per cent in average populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish, and over a quarter of assessed species are now threatened by extinction. It’s undeniable that developing countries in sub-Sahara Africa and South Asia have suffered … A curious policy option – Robert...
Commission on School Reform says examinations are still the best guarantee of fairness The Commission on School Reform, the independent group of education experts set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, has today released a new paper in which it says that anonymously marked examinations remain the best way of guaranteeing consistent standards in … Exams – Do we need them? Read More...
Commission on School Reform says examinations are still the best guarantee of fairness The Commission on School Reform, the independent group of education experts set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, has today released a new paper in which it says that anonymously marked examinations remain the best way of guaranteeing consistent standards in … Exams – Do we need them? Read More...
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