Scottish Labour distance themselves from John McDonnell on tax cuts for higher earners
As SNP mock shadow chancellor’s lack of defiance to Tory tax cuts, Richard Leonard says raising the higher rate threshold “should not be a priority for the Scottish Government”
RICHARD LEONARD has attempted to distance Scottish Labour from shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s recent insistence that Labour would not oppose Tory tax cuts for higher earners announced in this week’s budget, instead arguing that raising the higher rate threshold “should not be a priority” in Scotland.
The £1 trillion pie: 5 things a new report tells us about wealth in Scotland
Wealth as a proportion of GDP now higher in Scotland than in England
A NEW report by the Resolution Foundation examines the changes in wealth and how it is distributed over Scotland’s recent history.
The report is titled “The £1 trillion pie” as Scotland’s aggregate wealth has this year passed the £1 trillion mark.
CommonSpace looks at five of the key findings in the report.
Wealth as a % of GDP is growing and bigger than in England
Scottish Government reiterates opposition to Universal Credit following OBR report
The Office of Budgetary Responsibility said that the controversial welfare policy will save just 2 per cent of the total welfare budget
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has reiterated its opposition to Universal Credit following criticism of the controversial Tory welfare reform from the Office for Budgetary Responsibility (OBR).
Report advocates 'right to return' to work to achieve full employment in Scotland
Use Holyrood's new powers to boost employment, researchers say
A REPORT from the Resolution Foundation has found that changes to workers' rights could increase employment in Scotland by 270,000.
The report, titled The Road to Full Employment, calls for the creation of a Public Employment Service using the new powers devolved to the Scottish Government and follows 9 months of research into employment in Scotland.
Government's National Living Wage 'no relation' to Living Wage, says campaign group
Rise in minimum wage still PS1 short of Living Wage
THE minimum wage for over 25s has increased from today from PS6.70 to PS7.20 an hour.
The rise was pledged in Chancellor George Osborne's budget last summer, in which he termed it a 'National Living Wage'.
However, campaigners and business leaders have disputed Osborne's claims and pointed out that it does not meet the Living Wage rate set by the Living Wage Foundation.