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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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The article cites a paper from the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme.

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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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The article cites the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), which receives ESRC funding.

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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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The article cites the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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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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Nationalists’ plan for Scottish welfare state will cost £750m extra per year

Nationalists’ plan for Scottish welfare state will cost £750m extra per year | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
SNP plans for a separate Scottish welfare state could cost taxpayers £750million extra in the first year of independence alone.
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Scotland independence vote: Pakistani politician woos Asian ‘No’ vote

The battle for Scotland’s Asian voters has intensified in the final week of campaigning as the “No” campaign has enlisted the support of the Governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province, in a move the “Yes” campaign has denounced as “foreign interference”.

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Article discusses research by the Centre on Dynamics and Ethnicity, which receives funding from the ESRC.

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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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The article, published on 5 September, mentions figures from the impartial Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Subsidising social inequality

Subsidising social inequality | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"We live in an era of profound and increasing inequality, at the heart of which is inequality in education. For any nation truly committed to creating a fairer and more equal society, private schools have no place. If the complete abolition of private schools in Scotland appears unlikely at present, however, the removal of their charitable status is a moral necessity."

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The article cites findings of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.


Article originall published on 6 September 2014.

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What about Scotland's benefits system?

What about Scotland's benefits system? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

As the people of Scotland weigh up how to vote in the independence referendum, they are asking questions on a range of topics.

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The article cites the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Referendum countdown: Alexander warns of cuts ‘year after year’

Referendum countdown: Alexander warns of cuts ‘year after year’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The government of an independent Scotland will have to make cuts “year after year after year, with no end in sight” Lib Dem Chief Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander has warned.
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The article quotes figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Scottish Independence: Country Faces £1bn in Extra Debt and Tax Hike

Scottish Independence: Country Faces £1bn in Extra Debt and Tax Hike | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

An independent Scotland would be £1bn more in debt while Scots face a hike in income tax rates as severing the 307-year old union with England would lead to higher borrowing costs.

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Let's stop using NHS as a political football

The National Health Service has been brought to the forefront of the Independence Referendum.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Poverty and Social Exclusion (PSE) project.

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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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The article cites a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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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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The article cites the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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UK preserved as Scots say NO to independence

UK preserved as Scots say NO to independence | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The Scots have spoken, opting to keep the United Kingdom intact after voting 55.3% to 44.7% in favor of maintaining the ancient Union, a much better result than was feared in recent weeks. The news restores calm to the jittery markets, while Prime Minister David Cameron can now shake off the anxiety and get down to keeping his promises of granting Scotland greater powers of devolution, which in itself looks certain to rock the constitution of the UK.
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The article mentions a paper from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), which receives ESRC funding.

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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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Scottish 'yes' vote to lead to mortgage rate hikes

Scottish 'yes' vote to lead to mortgage rate hikes | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The research department of estate agents, Strutt & Parker, has looked into what will happen to the Scottish housing and rural markets if the electorate in Scotland votes for independence on 18th September.
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Yes vote in Scotland won't revive North East regional assembly says MP

Yes vote in Scotland won't revive North East regional assembly says MP | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
There will be no return to a regional assembly if Scotland returns a no-vote at the referendum, a Labour MP has said
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The article quotes Dr Angus Armstrong of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and Fellow of the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme.

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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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The article quotes figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives funding from the ESRC.

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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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Scottish independence could threaten free tuition for its students

Scottish independence could threaten free tuition for its students | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
If Scotland were an independent member of the EU, it would be forced to re-think its fee arrangements
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The article cites a report from the ESRC's Future of the UK and Scotland programme of research.

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Scotland should not, and will not, survive alone

It’s a tragedy the spine of our unique nation, the England-Scotland axis, could be about to break
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The article cites figures from the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Live TV clash over referendum vote

Live TV clash over referendum vote | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Independence could bring Scotland’s politicians closer to the people they represent but also bring its potential enemies closer as well, voters have heard.

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Referendum campaign in final stage

Referendum campaign in final stage | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Scottish independence referendum campaign enters its final stage today with just four weeks to go until the fate of the nation is revealed.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute of Fiscal Studies


Article originally published 21 August 2014

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