This week’s Insider is coming to you a day earlier than usual as we appreciate many people will be off work tomorrow and over the Easter weekend. The Scottish Parliament has now also started its two-week Easter recess, with Chamber business resuming on Tuesday 17 April.
The political week started with Nicola Sturgeon saying that the SNP is using every power at its disposal to deliver for the people of Scotland – and warned that the Tory party ‘now think they can do whatever they want to Scotland and get away with it.’ In a keynote speech to the SNP National Council, the First Minister said that a clear contrast had opened up in competing visions for Scotland’s future – and that the SNP were the first party in most of her lifetime which had had the ‘guts in government to make income tax more progressive and deliver more money for public services.’
On economic matters, Scotland’s growth is being held back by the clutter of initiatives coming from the Scottish Government, according to a leading economic think tank published this week. The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) has criticised the number of different strategies and advisory groups looking at Scotland’s economy. It has warned they can lead to confusion and duplication.
Ø Details including analysis from the BBC’s Douglas Fraser and sixteen areas of concern: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-43559165 The full report is available here: FoA report March 2018
The support available to young people as they try to decide what they want to do later in life is the focus of a survey by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee, chaired by Glasgow MSP James Dornan. Focused on young people between 15 and 24, the survey is aiming to learn more about why young people follow certain routes, what helps them and what hinders them, and whether they get to where they want to be.
This includes the support and information available to help them know, at school and beyond, what the available options are. It will also explore how young people made decisions about their future. During the Year of Young People, the Committee has decided to be led by the voices of young people from the survey results before deciding what issues to drill down into in evidence sessions in June.
And finally … One year today, Brexit becomes a reality. And HAPPY EASTER from all the team at Perceptive!
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