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Scotland should not have to pay the price of a failing Brexit

UK Fundamentally on the Wrong Path Almost three years on from Brexit, blatantly imposed on Scotland by the Tories and their Labour accomplices at Westminster, the economic damage of it gets starker by the day. The immense damage of Brexit has been felt by businesses,

No One Should Be Forced Onto Pre-Payment Meter

SNP Urge Ban on Forced Switches The UK government is being urged to ban energy companies from forcing households on to pre-payment energy meters. The call comes after regulator Ofgem opened an investigation into the practice, where providers force the switch on customers who have

Brexit Damage Continues to Mount

Harm Ongoing Two Years after Transition Period End Two years on from the end of the transition period to leave the European Union after 47 years of membership, Scotland’s economy is continuing to feel the negative impacts of Brexit. The cost of living crisis and

An Autumn Statement Forgetting the Pressure on Devolved Budgets

Household ‘paying a steep price for UK economic mismanagement’ The UK Government’s Autumn Statement fails to address the pressure on devolved budgets to help people with the cost-of-living crisis, support public services, and finance fair pay offers, according to Deputy First Minister John Swinney. –

Warning Against a Return to Austerity

Calls for Inflationary Uplift to Scottish Budget Deputy First Minister John Swinney has warned that a return to austerity would have significant consequences for people and public services, ahead of the UK Government’s Autumn Statement. Mr Swinney has called for an alternative to austerity to

Scotland ‘Significantly Limited’ While Unable to Borrow

Committee: Devolve Powers to Tackle Cost Crisis A new report has called for Holyrood to be given borrowing powers from Westminster in order to tackle to the cost-of-living crisis. The report by the Scottish Parliament’s Social Justice & Social Security Committee, published earlier this week,

Tory Cuts & Cost Crisis Hitting Living Standards

Incomes Down, Foodbank Use Up Westminster cuts have led to “the biggest deterioration in living standards in living memory”, according to a new report from the Child Poverty Action Group. The report points to “a gradual degradation of living standards since 2016 due to [UK

Biggest Interest Rate Rise in Decades

Scotland at the Mercy of Tory Economic Turmoil The Bank of England has announced that interest rates are to be increased to 3%, to try to combat spiralling inflation as a result of the Tory cost-of-living crisis. This latest 0.75% rise – the biggest hike

Tenant Protection Bill Passed

Emergency legislation approved by MSPs Tenants will have increased protection from rent increases and evictions during the cost-of-living crisis under temporary legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) Bill, passed by MSPs on 6th October but effective from 6th September,

UK is led by Right-Wing Zealots

And all Scottish Tories do is applaud. It is a policy U-turn with as much grace and subtlety as a pivoting oil tanker. In my many years in and around politics, I can’t remember a 180-degree handbrake turn so dramatic and publicly humiliating as Liz