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Plummeting oil price stirs troubled waters

A barrel of Brent crude is worth little more than half what it was six months ago and economists such as Professor Brian Ashcroft are saying that this has ruined the economics of independence.

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Editor's blog: Scottish independence and security

The answer is that national security in the UK and Scotland would have been in jeopardy if Scottish independence had won the day today, according to experts
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Scotland: What the future holds

Scotland: What the future holds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Scotland has voted to remain part of the UK, but for how long and at what cost, asks Liam Halligan.

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Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge

Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
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Scotland's vote on independence: What you need to know

Scotland's vote on independence: What you need to know | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Scots go to the polls Thursday to vote on the future of their country. Here's what you need to know about the landmark referendum.
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ALEX BRUMMER: Britain looks a better place for investors after No vote

ALEX BRUMMER: Britain looks a better place for investors after No vote | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
There is no reason to think the pound, equity markets and bonds will feel the cold breeze that blew down from Scotland in the final stages of the campaign.
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Gordon Brown roars into life: On the eve of historic vote, ex-PM gives the speech of the campaign so why wasn't he in charge of the No campaign from the beginning?

Gordon Brown roars into life: On the eve of historic vote, ex-PM gives the speech of the campaign so why wasn't he in charge of the No campaign from the beginning? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The former Prime Minister tore into Alex Salmond, insisting Scotland does not belong to him or any other politician, declaring: 'Scotland belongs to all of us.'

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Article cites the ESRC funded Institue for Fiscal Studies

Article originally published 18 September 2014

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Scotland's vote on independence: What you need to know

Scotland's vote on independence: What you need to know | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Scots go to the polls Thursday to vote on the future of their country. Here's what you need to know about the landmark referendum.

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Article cites the ESRC funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Soctland referendum: Chief counting officer on announcing result

Soctland referendum: Chief counting officer on announcing result | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The referendum is likely to attract the highest voter turnout in Scotland's history.

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Interview with ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland Fellow, Paul Cairney.

Interview first aired 17 September 2014

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Bill Jamieson: Businesses conflicted over vote?

Bill Jamieson: Businesses conflicted over vote? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Last week brought contradictory letters – the first from the No camp signed by more than 130 business leaders, immediately trumped by a Yes letter signed by more than 200. 


So what can we glean from the state of business opinion and the weight of support behind these two letters? A Future of the UK and Scotland Analysis at the University of Edinburgh Business School chaired by Economic and Social Research Council senior fellow Professor Brad MacKay, has just published its final report on evidence from business interviews.

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Sterling Faces Important Week With Scottish Referendum, FOMC and Key UK Data

Sterling Faces Important Week With Scottish Referendum, FOMC and Key UK Data | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The US Federal Reserve is scheduled to announce its policy rates on Wednesday. The statement and the press briefing by its Chair Janet Yellen are likely to provide clearer cues about the beginning of rate hikes in the world's largest economy, proving crucial for the currency market. In addition, the UK consumer price inflation data for August is due for Tuesday and the Bank of England minutes and the ILO unemployment rate on Wednesday. With rate hike speculation increasing in the UK, a vote split this time will be of even more importance.
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LibDems warn of £780m cut to school budgets

THE Liberal Democrats have warned that Scottish schools could face a £780 million cut if the country leaves the UK.
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The article, published on 5 September, mentions figures from the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Scotland: what happens next if the country votes yes?

Scotland: what happens next if the country votes yes? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
What happens if Scotland breaks up the union?
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The article cites both the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, both of which receive ESRC funding.

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Scotland: What the future holds

Scotland: What the future holds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Whatever the outcome, there is no chance that the independence movement will fade away any time soon. For those fired by the dream of full secession, any form of “devo-max” will never be enough. Unless this fragile post-referendum situation is handled very delicately, in fact, fraught haggling and finger-pointing between politicians in Edinburgh and London will rouse nationalist fervour anew.

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Back to the future squeeze

Back to the future squeeze | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

So it's back to austerity. The battling over future projections for an independent Scotland's budget can be binned. It's time to focus on the budgets which Holyrood will have, rather than the ones it might have had.

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Dave Watson: The legacy of the referendum must be a fairer Scotland

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The autor cites the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme as 'the most objective source of analysis'.

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NHS Scotland: after the referendum

A leaked dossier shows the Scottish NHS is in deep financial trouble. A tax rise will soon be needed to bail it out.

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Scotland stays in UK, but Britain faces change

Scotland stays in UK, but Britain faces change | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

When 3.6 million Scots voted on Thursday on whether to leave or stay within the United Kingdom, they were answering one simple question: Should Scotland be an independent country?


But for a time some politicians on both sides of the debate wanted to include a third choice on the ballot: maximum devolution of powers to Scotland within Britain, or so-called devo-max.

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Results of Scottish Referendum Pose Challenge for Policymakers, Society

Results of Scottish Referendum Pose Challenge for Policymakers, Society | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
With the majority of the people in Scotland voting for the country to remain in the United Kingdom at the September 18 independence referendum, the results of the vote pose certain challenges for both policymakers and society in the UK, academics from the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Future of the UK and Scotland research teams believe.
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Today programme, Discusses Independant Scotland, BBC Radio 4

Today programme, Discusses Independant Scotland, BBC Radio 4 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Morning news and current affairs. Includes Sports Desk; Weather; Thought for the Day.

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Programme discusses financial options in an independent Scotland, featuring ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland fellow Dr Angus Armstrong, starting at 18:40 and concluding at 24:00

Programme originally aired 26 August 2014

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Scotland: The World's First Referendum on Inequality?

Scotland: The World's First Referendum on Inequality? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

What the independence campaign has in common with Occupy Wall Street

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In Scotland, as elsewhere, people must take responsibility for their decisions

In Scotland, as elsewhere, people must take responsibility for their decisions | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Information has been plentiful on the Scottish independence referendum - yet the public still wants incompatibles such as better services without having to pay more tax.

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Article cites the ESRC's Future of the UK and Scotland programme

Artilce published 16 September 2014

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Scottish Independence: Can young voters swing the vote?

Scottish Independence: Can young voters swing the vote? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Scottish 16-17 year olds have been given the historic opportunity to vote in today's Scottish independence referendum. Will Generation Y be able to swing the result?

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£6bn gap threatens childcare

£6bn gap threatens childcare | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A £6 billion spending gap in Alex Salmond's independence plans would "devastate" childcare provision in Scotland, the Liberal Democrats have claimed.

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Welfare changes

Changes to the welfare state after independence could cost £750 million in the first year alone, pro-UK campaigners have claimed.
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