How is Scotland reacting to the latest GERS figures?
From Brexit, to independence, to sustainable energy, the latest figures on Scotland’s revenue, expenditure and deficit are sparking debate
THE ANNUAL Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) released today (22 August) has served to underline vastly differing views on the economy and where it is and should be headed.
The report, published by the Scottish Government, shows that Scotland’s public sector revenue, including from its geographic share of the North Sea, was £59.6bn in 2016/17 - £1.3bn of which was North Sea revenue.
Robin McAlpine: 'Your bloody GDP, not ours' - why the Growth Commission might not change minds
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that if the SNP’s Growth Commission on the economics of an independent Scotland plums for a New Zealand high-growth model, they will have a tough job selling it to the public
IN THE wake of the first news from the Growth Commission (that New Zealand is the new nirvana) there seems to be an expectation that this is going to be some kind of battle with Common Weal. I don't want to encourage that kind of thinking if it can be avoided.
Best national economies in the world have average of 4 million people, WEF find
Most successful economies have smaller populations than Scotland, economists conclude
THE BEST ECONOMIES in the world are medium or small in population size, a new report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has found.
SNP comes under pressure as questions surface over Heathrow lobbying
As the SNP confirms its support for a third runway, transparency campaigners question influence of the airport industry on Scottish politics
THE SNP have come under pressure from campaigners and opposition parties in Holyrood for alleged connections between the lobbying of operators at Heathrow and the recent decision by the party to back the Heathrow expansion.
Don’t worry about “nearly meaningless” GDP figures, say economic experts
The latest GDP figures were announced on Wednesday, but should we care?
ECONOMIC EXPERTS Professor Richard Murphy and Dr Craig Dalzell have joined the Scottish Green Party in responding to the latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures by arguing that better measures are needed if the true state of economic wellbeing – felt in the pockets of the population – is to be reflected.
2014 independence referendum caused less instability than Brexit report finds
New report demolishes the warnings of instability of unionist politicians
SCOTTISH REFERENDA do not cause instability according to a new report released by the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI), the leading economics thinktank based at the University of Strathclyde.