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28/7/2022
16,000 Workplace Opportunities Secured Through Young Person's Guarantee
More than 16,000 young people across Scotland have been offered workplace opportunities through the Young Person's Guarantee.   Over 600 employers have signed up to the initiative which aims to connect 16-24-year-olds with an apprenticeship, work experience, volunteering, internships, enterprise opportunities and mentoring.  
28/7/2022
New Custodial Unit For Women
A new community custodial unit is set to open which will change the way women in the justice system are supported in their reintegration back to communities.   The Bella Centre in Dundee will deliver a marked departure in terms of the management of female offenders.  
28/7/2022
Monthly GDP Estimates For May 2022
Scotland's onshore GDP increased by 0.6% in May, after the fall of 0.5% in April, according to statistics announced today by the Chief Statistician.  Output is now 1.1% above the pre-pandemic level of February 2020.  
28/7/2022
100,000 Ukrainians Welcomed To Safety In The UKThumbnail for article : 100,000 Ukrainians Welcomed To Safety In The UK
More than 100,000 people from Ukraine have arrived in the UK under the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine Scheme.   More than 100,000 people from Ukraine have arrived in the UK under the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine Scheme Since March the government has worked with councils and communities to help them build new lives in the UK.  
28/7/2022
UK energy bills forecast to hit £3,850 as Russia cuts gas supply further
Apologies for pushing this once again but we all need to be prepared as best we can for a predicted tripling of energy prices in the Autumn.   In September we will have a new prime minister and it remains to be seen what additional support will be forthcoming for the winter months.  
28/7/2022
Government Publishes Review Into Automation In HorticultureThumbnail for article : Government Publishes Review Into Automation In Horticulture
Defra has (Wednesday 27 July) published the results of a review exploring how the horticulture sector can make use of innovative technologies such as packhouse automation.   AI enabled robotics and autonomous guided vehicles to help with tasks like the picking, packing and transporting of fruit, vegetables and flowers.  
28/7/2022
Truss' Plans For EU Laws Follow A Pattern Of Attacks On Women's Economic Securit
Article from The Byline Times.   12 years of austerity, a lack of investment in care, and the rising cost of living have harmed women's economic security - now Truss' Brexit plans risk continuing that trend, argues Sian Norris.  
28/7/2022
The Uk's Wealth Gaps Have Grown To Over £1.2 Million
Soaring levels of wealth across the UK, coupled with high levels of wealth inequality, mean that the wealth gap between the top and middle tenth of households in the UK has grown to a record £1.2 million per adult, according to new Resolution Foundation analysis published 20 July 2022.   Arrears Fears, the Foundation's third annual wealth audit of Britain - in partnership with the abrdn Financial Fairness Trust - examines the scale and consequences of Britain's recent wealth boom, which has created huge wealth gaps between people, places and age groups.  
28/7/2022
Sunak vs Truss: a battle between two failed economic policies
Emeritus Professor of Economics and Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford.  His blog is written for both economists and non-economists.  
28/7/2022
Fed Announces Another Three-quarter-point Increase In Interest Rates
With the US economy teetering on the edge of a recession and inflation running at a four-decade high, the Federal Reserve announced another three-quarter of a percentage point increase in its benchmark interest rates on Wednesday, the second such increase in just over a month.   Read this item at The Guardian Still free to read but they do ask you to register or subscribe if you can to keep independent journalism going..  
28/7/2022
Rising Food And Petrol Prices Send Inflation Ever Closer To Double Digits
Rising food and fuel prices sent CPI inflation to a fresh 40-year high of 9.4 per cent in June, and to 10.6 per cent for the poorest households, the Resolution Foundation said in response to the latest ONS inflation data.   The latest inflation rise was driven by the sharpest single month rise in petrol prices since at least 1989 and food price inflation, which hit a 13-year high 9.8 per cent.  
27/7/2022
Adult Disability Payment Increases To 7 More Areas Ahead Of National Roll Out
People in Aberdeenshire, City of Aberdeen, Fife, Moray, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, and South Ayrshire are now able to apply for Adult Disability Payment.   This means Adult Disability Payment is now available in 13 council areas ahead of opening nationwide on 29 August.  
25/7/2022
Tax And Spending Policies Of Conservative Leadership ContendersThumbnail for article : Tax And Spending Policies Of Conservative Leadership Contenders
Article from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.   We are now down to the final two Conservative Party leadership contenders: Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.  
25/7/2022
Inflation, Earnings, And Budget Windfall
From the Fraser of Allender Institute.   Its been a busy week for economic statistics, with new data on the labour market and inflation released, and details of public sector pay deals announced.  
Nuclear plant 'safety breaches' as chemical leaks at decommissioned siteThumbnail for article : Nuclear plant 'safety breaches' as chemical leaks at decommissioned site
From STV on leaks at Dounreay.   Nuclear regulators have chastised the operators of one of Scotland's largest decommissioned facilities over "clear safety breaches" following a chemical leak.  
24/7/2022
Rampant BA 5 - Dr John Campbell Covid update - A Rant about Seaweed and IodineThumbnail for article : Rampant BA 5 - Dr John Campbell Covid update - A Rant about Seaweed and Iodine
Rant warning.  There is a significant rant in this video starting at 15 minutes 20 seconds.  
24/7/2022
Dr Martin Valenti At Scotland Excel's Energy Efficiency Conference And Expo ‘building A Net Zero Scotland'Thumbnail for article : Dr Martin Valenti At Scotland Excel's Energy Efficiency Conference And Expo ‘building A Net Zero Scotland'
Scotland Excel's Energy Efficiency Conference and Expo ‘Building a Net Zero Scotland' took place in Edinburgh in May with more than 200 people from across the built environment and energy efficiency sectors in attendance.   The one-day event was held to launch the renewal of our Energy Efficiency Contractors framework.  
24/7/2022
How A Russian Natural Gas Cutoff Could Weigh On Europe's Economies
The International Monetary Fund blog looks at Russian gas cut off and the implications.   The partial shutoff of gas deliveries is already affecting European growth, and a full shutdown could be substantially more severe.  
24/7/2022
Policies To Reduce Cost Of Living CrisisThumbnail for article : Policies To Reduce Cost Of Living Crisis
Tejvan Pettinger mulls over the possible solutions by government to reduce the cost of living.   The UK, along with many other countries, is experiencing a real cost of living crisis with inflation rising faster than average wages.  
24/7/2022
John Renwick: How Scotland's Colleges Are Supporting The Journey To Net ZeroThumbnail for article : John Renwick: How Scotland's Colleges Are Supporting The Journey To Net Zero
As part of Scotland Excel's ‘Supporting the journey to net zero' campaign, John Renwick, sector manager construction at ESP, reveals how Scotland's colleges are transitioning at pace to develop low carbon heat and energy efficiency training facilities.   The Scottish Government is investing £13 billion as part of the transition to become Net Zero by 2045.