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21/6/2024
I Can't Wait For The 5th Of July - Richard MurphyThumbnail for article : I Can't Wait For The 5th Of July - Richard Murphy
After 5 July the hard work begins.  Then we have to work out how truly socially transformative ideas can be promoted so that the 2029 election campaign can be won for the people of this country.  
20/6/2024
Curbing The £20 Billion Rise In Working-age Incapacity And Disability Benefit Spending Is A Task For The NHS And Employers, Not Just The Treasury And Dwp
Addressing rising incapacity and disability benefit spending will be a key task for whoever wins the next election.  But with the increase driven by Britain ageing, becoming less healthy and experiencing more disability, politicians will need to focus on the underlying causes of a rising caseload, not just on restricting the eligibility and generosity of claims, according to new Resolution Foundation research published today (Thursday 20 June 2024).  
20/6/2024
Inflation Returns To Target For The First Time In Three Years - But Concerns About Higher Prices And Strong Services Inflation Remain
CPI inflation has fallen back to the Bank of England's target of 2 per cent for the first time since July 2021 - a welcome return to normality – but worries about the legacy of high prices and stubborn underlying inflation remain, the Resolution Foundation said on Wednesday 19 June 2024 The biggest downward contribution to the fall in inflation in May came from a welcome fall in food-price inflation, which fell to 1.7 per cent in May, the lowest annual rate since October 2021, reflecting falls in food prices.  This was partially offset by higher petrol prices.  
20/6/2024
Britain Has A Welcome New Policy Consensus On Housing, But It Also Needs New Cash To Make A Lasting Difference
A welcome new political consensus is emerging on housing, with the Conservative and Labour manifestos both combining support for first-time buyers with stretching housebuilding targets.  But the lack of cash for affordable housing will make these targets hard to hit, according to new Resolution Foundation research published yesterday.  
20/6/2024
Tory And SNP Seats To Drop Further As Labour Soars And Libdems Increase
The latest Yougov poll Show further slides in the number of seats for Tory and SNP.   Keir Starmer continues to be on a record-breaking path, according to YouGov's latest general election MRP model.  
20/6/2024
Bank Of England Holds Interest Rate At 5.25%
The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) sets monetary policy to meet the 2% inflation target, and in a way that helps to sustain growth and employment.  At its meeting ending on 19 June 2024, the MPC voted by a majority of 7-2 to maintain Bank Rate at 5.25%.  
19/6/2024
Another Financial Headache For Scottish Government As Company Sues Over Scrapped Bottle Return SchemeThumbnail for article : Another Financial Headache For Scottish Government As Company Sues Over Scrapped Bottle Return Scheme
A waste management firm has started a £200million court claim against Scottish ministers over the failed bottle recycling scheme.   Lawyers for Biffa Waste Services Ltd addressed judge Lord Clark at the Court of Session yesterday.  
19/6/2024
Producer Price Inflation, UK - May 2024 - Highest Levels Since May 2023Thumbnail for article : Producer Price Inflation, UK - May 2024 - Highest Levels Since May 2023
Producer input prices fell by 0.1% in the year to May 2024, up from a revised fall of 1.4% in the year to April.   Producer output (factory gate) prices rose by 1.7% in the year to May 2024, up from an increase of 1.1% in the year to April.  
19/6/2024
Consumer Price Inflation UK May 2024 - Inflation Falls To 2%Thumbnail for article : Consumer Price Inflation UK May 2024 - Inflation Falls To 2%
The Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers' housing costs (CPIH) rose by 2.8% in the 12 months to May 2024, down from 3.0% in the 12 months to April.   On a monthly basis, CPIH rose by 0.4% in May 2024, compared with a rise of 0.6% in May 2023.  
19/6/2024
832 Illegal Migrants Entered UK On 18 June 2004 - Numbers At Record Levels
More than 880 people have arrived in the UK in a single day after crossing the English Channel - a new record for the year so far.   Home Office figures show 882 people arrived in 15 small boats on Tuesday.  
19/6/2024
NHS Waiting Times - Stage Of Treatment - Not A Pretty PictureThumbnail for article : NHS Waiting Times - Stage Of Treatment - Not A Pretty Picture
This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS) relates to the length of time patients wait to be seen as a new outpatient or admitted for treatment as an inpatient or day case.  The latest statistics represent all patients covered by the national standards for these stages of treatment.  
19/6/2024
SNP 2024 Manifest PublishedThumbnail for article : SNP 2024 Manifest Published
In this election, people are crying out for principled leadership, which is prepared to argue for what it believes in.   In this election, and in this manifesto, that is what the SNP is offering - moderate left of centre policies to make life better for the people of Scotland.  
19/6/2024
SNP Still Want Another Brexit Style Referendum For Scotland - Indyref2
The SNP leader claimed a bad result on July 4th would not invalidate the mandate he says the Government has for another referendum.   A pro-independence majority supporting indyref2 was returned at the last Holyrood election.  
19/6/2024
Council Tax Reduction Supports Over 450,000 Households
Scotland's Chief Statistician today released the latest annual Council Tax Reduction statistics.  In March 2024, Scotland’s Council Tax Reduction scheme supported 461,550 households (an increase of 1.6 per cent from 454,350 in March 2023) and the total weekly income forgone by local authorities was £7.543 million (an increase of 2.4 per cent from £7.364 million in March 2023).  
18/6/2024
Without Reform, The Two-child Limit Will Affect 670,000 Additional Children By The End Of The Next ParliamentThumbnail for article : Without Reform, The Two-child Limit Will Affect 670,000 Additional Children By The End Of The Next Parliament
The ‘two-child limit' policy caps at two the number of children low-income families can claim additional universal credit for.   The ‘two-child limit' policy caps at two the number of children low-income families can claim additional universal credit for (worth £3,455 per year per child).  
Dounreay Nuclear Station Strike Postponed Following Improved Pay OfferThumbnail for article : Dounreay Nuclear Station Strike Postponed Following Improved Pay Offer
Strike action on Wednesday 19 June by around 600 Unite members suspended.   Strike action on Wednesday 19 June by around 600 Unite members employed by Nuclear Restoration Services Limited (NRS) at Dounreay nuclear power station has been suspended to allow workers to be balloted on a new pay offer.  
18/6/2024
There Is Almost No Money In A BankThumbnail for article : There Is Almost No Money In A Bank
The old idea that there is money in a bank is almost always wrong.  There's just a pile of bank statements in a bank these days, and it really is time we got our heads around that rather basic fact.  
18/6/2024
Change Of Public Mood Creates Challenge For The Next Government
Findings from the latest British Social Attitudes (BSA) report, from the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen).   The results of the latest British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey, published 12 June 2024 by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), reveal that there have been significant changes in the public mood since the last election in 2019.  
18/6/2024
Local Feedback Sought For The Highland Local Living ToolThumbnail for article : Local Feedback Sought For The Highland Local Living Tool
Communities and businesses are being called on to help inform an interactive tool which assesses how well Highland places meet the principles of local living.   ‘Local living' aims to provide people the ability to meet the majority of their daily needs within a reasonable distance to their home.  
18/6/2024
Record Residential Rehabilitation Placements - More Than 900 Placements Approved
A total of 938 residential rehabilitation placements were approved between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024 to support people to attain an alcohol or drug-free lifestyle.   The Scottish Government is making £100 million available over this parliamentary term to increase access to residential rehabilitation for problematic drug or alcohol use.