There are two full days remaining before polls open over Scotland in a referendum that will determine whether Scotland, after 307 years of London rule, will remain with or leave the United Kingdom. Over the weekend the British state broadcaster, the BBC, highlighted the rather dubious, and embarrassingly anachronistic, support for the Better Together pro-Union campaign offered by the intensely sectarian Orange Order in its parade through the streets of Edinburgh. Yet on the other side of Scotland, in Glasgow, tens of thousands of Yes supporters
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The DVLA is still letting visitors to its website find out if their neighbours are claiming certain disability benefits, in spite of assuring the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) that it is no longer doing so after the ICO held that “releasing this information unnecessarily reveals the personal circumstances of individuals using their vehicle”. The DVLA vehicle check service is now receiving over 1.5 million visitors a month.
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Top stock market analysts have backed Alex Salmond’s claim that North Sea oil is a bonus rather than the backbone of an independent Scotland’s economy. London brokers Investec said yesterday that it was a “misconception” that Scotland is poorer than the UK as a whole. In a detailed investors’ note, they said they believed that even without the vast amount of hydrocarbons around its shores, Scotland’s GDP is “roughly equal” to the rest of the UK.
A leading Professor of Economics, Andrew Hughes Hallett, has sensationally confirmed that Scotland has been subsidising the UK treasury in London for years and that the Calman Commission recommendations are unworkable and potentially damaging.
Professor Hughes Hallett (pictured) also rubbished claims by leading Scottish Labour politicians that an independent Scotland could not have survived the banking crisis by explaining that much of the liabilities suffered by HBOS and RBS would have fallen on England.
Public meeting and Q&A with Alex Salmond on Wednesday 3rd September at 7pm in the Park Hotel Kilmarnock. If you are undecided on which way to vote or have questions you would like answered then this is your chance.
Also Tommy Sheridan on 2nd Sept. at the Bellfield Community Centre Kilmarnock at 7pm.
The truth about the No campaign and those associated with it. The scale of violence that no Scot should tolerate. The Media is lying to you daily, it’s turned into a propaganda war of miss-information. Listen to the American Radio show for the truth.
Campaigners marching the length of England to save their National Health Service say only a Yes referendum vote will protect Scotland’s own NHS.
They are currently walking hundreds of miles from Jarrow to London to protest against health privatisation south of the border - part of a process of Westminster public spending cuts which also pose a threat to the funding of the Scottish NHS. With a Yes, the NHS in Scotland will continue to be properly funded and will always be in public hands.
Labour Party member and NHS activist James Doran, who is on the walk, said he thought Scottish independence could help stop privatisation in England too.
A question posed by Cunninghame North MSP Kenneth Gibson has revealed the shocking impact UK Government changes to pension entitlement could have on Scots if we remain part of the British Union.
During First Minister’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament, Mr Gibson asked Alex Salmond, “What will be the impact on Scotland of United Kingdom Government plans to raise the retirement age?”
The First Minister replied, “Analysis shows that a 65-year-old can expect the lifetime value of their state pension to be around £11,000 less for women and £10,000 less for men in Scotland than the average for the UK as a whole. What is more, the UK has based its plans to increase the state pension age on increasing life expectancy, but the reality is that Scottish life expectancy is currently the lowest of all the UK countries. That looks to us like a... [Read More]
To help build the evidence for JRF’s anti-poverty strategy, we commissioned researchers to carry out reviews of existing policy and research on a wide range of social issues that are related to poverty.
The 33 studies in this collection are the findings of those reviews, and there are links to more detailed reports by the research teams, where available.
The reviews are split into five sections: