UK nations and regions

Research in this area covers devolved, regional and local taxes and spending, including work done in the run-up to the Scottish referendum in 2014.

The SNP’s fiscal plans and Scotland’s fiscal position

| Observations

On 30 May the SNP published their manifesto for the upcoming UK parliamentary elections. In it they set out a target of balancing the current budget by 2021–22 and plans for an increase in public spending over the next five years of around £120 billion relative to those set out in the March 2017 Budget. They also state that if they win a majority of Scottish seats, they believe they will have a strong mandate for a second referendum on Scottish independence once the ‘final terms of the [Brexit] deal [between the UK and the EU] are known’, and on a timescale chosen by the Scottish Parliament. In this context, this observation examines the state of Scotland’s underlying public finances and how they might evolve over the next few years given current economic forecasts.

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The Brexit vote, economics, and economic policy

| Journal Articles

The Brexit vote, economics, and economic policy

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The business rates revaluation, appeals and local revenue retention

| Briefing Note

The business rates revaluation, appeals and local revenue retention

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