What guarantee is there of ScotWind jobs?

The only substantial benefit which it has been claimed will come to Scotland as a result of the sell-off of Scotland’s offshore renewable energy potential via the ScotWind initiative is that it will bring supply chain jobs. As a recap, 24 GigaWatts of energy...

Scotland gives away its energy future

The results of the auction of Scotland’s wind resources has been announced today. It was estimated that this ‘ScotWind’ auction would generate ‘up to’ £890 million by auctioning 10 GigaWatts of capacity. In the end they sold two and a...

Why the Council Tax is unusable

It may look like a spat between a political party and the representative body of local government in Scotland, but that masks the reality that both are right. Generating more income from the Council Tax is simultaneously crucial to the survival of local government in...

Is Scotland on the right climate change path?

The UK Committee on Climate Change has produced its latest report to the Scottish Parliament on Scotland’s steps towards ‘net zero’ and projecting how these will go. It does not make for encouraging reading. Let’s start with what it says that...

Why are care inspections decreasing?

Today it was revealed that only four per cent of whistle-blowing cases in care homes were properly followed up by the regulator. To understand this properly it helps to look at the overall picture. In 2001 the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 was introduced, one...

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