Cost of Living
Analysis: Rising Council Tax will be another squeeze on low-income Scots
Even increases in the most inexpensive Council Tax bands could threaten the financial stability of those living precariously, Sean Bell finds
COUNCIL TAX, infamously, doesn’t care how much – or little – money you make.
Analysis: Why a ‘tax divide’ is unlikely to see Scotland lose money
Despite recent Tory warnings that the Scottish Government must match English tax cuts, attempts by high-earners to pay tax south of the Border would be self-defeating
THE WARNINGS are both familiar and predictable. Should the Scottish Government use its limited powers to set income tax at too great a variance with that in England, disasters are prophesised – even if they seldom transpire.
In the red: Household debt spirals to worst point on record in UK
New data analysis from the national statistics body has shown British households spend around £900 more than they earn
BRITISH HOUSEHOLDS are failing to make ends meet, spending more on average than their total income as the cost of living crisis worsens, in what is the worst personal debt figures on record.
In 2017, the average UK household spent £900 more than they earned, borrowing on credit or using savings to make up the deficit, according to research by the Office for National Statistics [ONS].
Going backwards: How UK living standards have gone into reverse 10 years after the recession
CommonSpace analyses a new report by Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the Minimum Income Standard, an assessment of what is needed to have an acceptable minimum standard of living in the UK
ARE things getting better? The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a report on minimum income standards from 2008-2018, and it shows that for those at the bottom and middle of the income pile seeking to have enough to live a decent life, the situation is no better than 10 years ago when the Great Recession began, and in many ways worse.
Living Rent campaign demands tackling of private sector in homelessness battle
Campaigners suggest that strategy to deal with homelessness lacks effectiveness
THE Living Rent campaign, Scotland's tenant union, has said more effort into tackling privately-rented housing is needed in a bid to tackle homelessness in Scotland.
Rural areas hit hardest by food and fuel costs, report finds
Report uncovers major discrepancies between urban and rural living costs in Scotland
A NEW report has revealed that residents in rural Scotland pay more for services than those in urban areas.
The report, Remotely Excluded: Barriers Facing Scotland's Rural Consumers, by Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) uncovered that, while CAB clients throughout Scotland face problems with the cost of living, remote areas have been hit the hardest.