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Finance Secretary offers an alternative to austerity

Public spending will be maintained in an independent Scotland, John Swinney said today as he set out the Scottish Government’s alternative proposals to continued Westminster cuts. Independence would provide an opportunity to set different priorities for public spending in Scotland, with a focus on growth and tackling inequality whilst continuing to restore the public finances…

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Supporting screen industries in independent Scotland

This week Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop published a discussion paper on the options the Scottish Government could make available to the screen industry under independence. The paper also sets out the support already available to the sector in Scotland, such the existing UK tax relief, and outlines tax relief and incentives already enjoyed elsewhere in Europe, such as…

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Independence will prioritise Scottish exports

Exports are a hugely important part of the Scottish economy, they boost economic growth and recovery, and research suggests that firms who operate in international markets become more efficient and productive as they compete on a wider stage and are exposed to new ideas and technologies. Scotland has globally respected exporting sectors including refined petroleum…

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10 economic facts about Scotland

It is accepted that Scotland can more than afford to be independent. Here are 10 key facts about Scotland’s economy. In 2012 seven out of the ten wealthiest countries, in terms of GDP per head, in the OECD – the group of rich developed nations – have populations of 10 million or less. Looking at…

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