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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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This article by Alison Payne first appeared in The Times on 7 November 2022 ow can we invest in reforming public services while facing budget cuts? The dilemma was clear at Holyrood last week, when John Swinney’s announcement of £615 million in cuts was followed by a debate highlighting the financial uncertainty around the proposed … The National Care Service may fail as its predecessors...
NEARLY 50,000 CHILDREN MISS A DAY OF SCHOOL EVERY WEEK New Freedom of Information research from Commission on School Reform Almost 140,000 miss a day every fortnight Problem gets worse as children get older The Commission on School Reform, the independent group of education experts set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, has today … Nearly 50,000 Children miss a day of School Every Week...
This article by Alison Payne first appeared in The Sunday Times on 27 November 2022 The NHS is in crisis. Each day brings another alarming headline. Audit Scotland has talked of our health service being “unsustainable”, with senior managers reportedly so concerned they discussed the potential of a “two-tier” system where the richest pay. But … Reform is a must to fix NHS crisis Read...
NEARLY 50,000 CHILDREN MISS A DAY OF SCHOOL EVERY WEEK New Freedom of Information research from Commission on School Reform Almost 140,000 miss a day every fortnight Problem gets worse as children get older The Commission on School Reform, the independent group of education experts set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, has today … CSR Briefing: Absence & Attendance in School Read...
TUESDAY 22 NOVEMBER AT 2PM, ZOOM Reform Scotland is delighted to invite you to join a discussion with Al Murray about his new book, ‘Command: How the Allies Learned to Win the Second World War’. As well as being one of the UK’s top comedians, Murray maintains a parallel career as a historian. With a lifelong … Upcoming Event: Al Murray in conversation with Chris Deerin Read More...
It’s official: plans for a National Care Service are in trouble. Yesterday Alex Neil said it should be scrapped. That followed fellow SNP MSPs calling it a ‘blank cheque’. The Fraser of Allander Institute, Cosla, unions,  NHS leaders – and of course Reform Scotland – have all voiced concerns. This is more than just the usual chuntering. This is the backbone of Scotland’s...
The House of Commons’ Health Committee in its latest report has said clearly that we must return to personal lists for GPs. The committee called for a return of personal lists, so each patient is assigned an individual GP, alongside an expansion of GP training places. By 2027, 80% of GP practices should be using … Scottish General Practice: The Right Way Forward – Dr Alastair Noble...
The Scottish government is currently holding a review of what it calls ‘the Future of Qualifications and Assessment’, in other words school exams. The review is led by Professor Louise Hayward of Glasgow University. It issued a consultation paper at the end of last week. Comments on the questions which it raises have to be … The Scottish government’s review of school assessment: why...
This article by Alison Payne first appeared in The Times on 13 October 2022 Who knew a public education campaign on energy use could be so controversial? Not only did Liz Truss apparently attempt to halt plans by the UK government for such a campaign, but the Scottish government has been dragging its heels on … Education about energy is crucial to achieving net zero Read More »
WE NEED A PRACTICAL PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ON CLIMATE CHANGE Reform Scotland calls for “the gap between rhetoric and reality” to close Think tank recommends practical steps including bringing forward the ban on gas boilers for new buildings, a ban on new gas cookers, and a move to road user charging Reform Scotland, a public … We need a practical public awareness campaign on climate...
This article by Alison Payne first appeared in The Herald on 12 October 2022 WHEN we think about reaching net zero, there is a danger that we think only “big polluters” need to change their behaviour. However, that is not the case. Our individual behaviour matters greatly. Private polling conducted for the Scottish Government earlier … Bring in pay-as-you-go road pricing to aid...
Almost all discussions on farming have emphasised the importance of subsidy income support. A typical example was from the chief strategy officer of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) who said that subsidy income accounted for 80% of farm income in Scotland. This estimate must have been based on the officially produced, average Net … It is possible to farm without...
Having a revitalised appreciation of education, in its fullest sense, is essential for the promotion of young people’s personal development. This should include the nurturing of personal agency. The review of the role of Scotland’s national educational institutions is important in clarifying the direction of education for Scotland’s young people and those who support it. … Promoting...
The surprising thing about energy is that it is so cheap. This may seem a strange thing to say given the recent high profile cost increases but look at this in context. Oil is currently about $90/barrel (the strange unit of volume used for oil), which is actually down about 20% in the last 3 … Is there a light that never goes out? – Stuart Paton Read More »
WE NEED A PRACTICAL PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ON CLIMATE CHANGE Reform Scotland calls for “the gap between rhetoric and reality” to close Think tank recommends practical steps including bringing forward the ban on gas boilers for new buildings, a ban on new gas cookers, and a move to road user charging Reform Scotland, a public … Powering Ahead: Decarbonising Scotland’s Energy...
When the Scottish Government announced in 2014 that it planned to more than double the Early Learning and Childcare provision for every three and four-year-old child, it was almost universally welcomed. Parents were delighted with a flagship policy which would save them around £4900 for each child accessing the scheme for 1140 hours every year. … Colleges delivered Scotland’s Early...
Energy is not just electricity. This may seem like a trite, somewhat geeky comment, but it is key to thinking about net zero targets and how energy is talked about by politicians, in the press and online. Almost every day, statements are made about the percentage of electricity from renewable sources, or energy generated by … Living in electric dreams? – Stuart Paton Read More »
The importance of children’s homes in their educational progression is widely recognised  – and was made very apparent during the home-schooling caused by Covid. But do all the potentially relevant aspects of home life matter equally? There are two kinds of home resource. There is the technology of learning, ranging from the most basic – … Cultural resources and school attainment...
There are many opinions on the purposes of school education but there can be little doubt that acquiring the ability to read is at the top of the list.  There is no need to rehearse the arguments on either an individual or a societal basis.  It is therefore very surprising that the declining literacy standards … Literacy in Scottish schools – Carole Ford Read More »
Reform Scotland calls for graduates to pay deferred fees on ‘no win, no fee’ basis Reform Scotland, a public policy institute which works to promote increased economic prosperity, opportunity for all, and more effective public services, has today released a briefing paper on university education – Scrap The Cap: Towards ‘no win, no fee’ higher … Scrap the cap: Towards...
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