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Nicola Sturgeon attacks Boris Johnson in new warning to Scots

Nicola Sturgeon attacks Boris Johnson in new warning to Scots | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
NICOLA Sturgeon has launched an attack on Boris Johnson and said that whoever becomes Tory leader and prime minister could do more damage to Scotland in 18 weeks as Margaret Thatcher and John Major’s governments did in 18 years.

The First Minister has previously described the Conservative race to succeed Theresa May as “a horror show” and returned to it in a major speech in Edinburgh last night where she stressed the need for Scotland to become independent.
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Ending rape myths, not corroboration, will improve justice system, says expert

Ending rape myths, not corroboration, will improve justice system, says expert | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Scottish Government is considering an end to the rule which obliges prosecutors to bring two independent sources of evidence in criminal cases.

Earlier this month the Speak Out Survivors lobby group said the “outdated law has no place in a modern justice system” and means child victims of sex abuse are amongst those unable to bring perpetrators to court.
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SNP's independence blueprint 'would have seen spending slashed by £60bn', report claims

SNP's independence blueprint 'would have seen spending slashed by £60bn', report claims | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
THE SNP’s blueprint for independence is based on “misleading analysis” and would have seen spending on public services slashed by around £60 billion if it had applied over the last decade, a new study has claimed.
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SNP Growth Commission even less realistic than Alex Salmond's independence White Paper, says think tank

SNP Growth Commission even less realistic than Alex Salmond's independence White Paper, says think tank | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The SNP's revised economic case for independence is even less realistic than Alex Salmond's 2014 blueprint and inadvertently makes the case for the Union, according to a detailed new analysis.

These Islands, a pro-UK think tank, dismissed the Nationalists' claims that their Sustainable Growth Commission report was a more "rigorous plan" than the Scottish Government White Paper published before the last referendum.
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Attitudes To Government, The Economy And Public Services :: Caithness Business Index

Attitudes To Government, The Economy And Public Services :: Caithness Business Index | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Chief Statistician today released a set of Official Statistics drawn from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2017, covering a range of topics including attitudes to government, economy, standard of living and the NHS.

A gap in trust in the Scottish and UK Governments has existed since 1999 when the survey began. In 2017, 61% trusted the Scottish Government to work in Scotland's best interests and 37% to make fair decisions, down from 65% and 40% respectively in 2016. Consistent with previous years, trust in the UK Government remained considerably lower. In 2017, 20% trusted the UK Government to work in Scotland’s best interests and 16% to make fair decisions.

In 2017, 43% of people said the Scottish Government has the most influence over the way Scotland is run and 41% said the UK Government. Whereas nearly three quarters (74%) of people said that the Scottish Government should have most influence over the way Scotland is run and 15% said the UK Government should have the most influence.
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Scots back tax hikes to improve health - The Scotsman

Scots back tax hikes to improve health - The Scotsman | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
More than half of Scots say they would accept tax hikes if the money was ring-fenced for the NHS because of widespread concerns the country’s wealth gap is to blame for poorer health, a new survey has found.
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Stephen Naysmith: Are poverty and ill-health linked? then we need to stop judging the poor

Stephen Naysmith: Are poverty and ill-health linked? then we need to stop judging the poor | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
I’m intrigued to know that half of Scots believe poor health is caused by social inequality.

A Scottish Social Attitudes survey claims 51 per cent of people cite injustice in society as a factor in causing some people to have poorer health. Women were more likely than men to think so, as were those on the political left.

Those in the lowest income groups were also most inclined to agree “certain people’s health is worse because of injustice in our society.” Some might think “they would say that, wouldn’t they?” but a more realistic explanation is: “They should know.”

An even higher proportion – 72 per cent of all those asked – agreed that people who live in better quality homes are likely to be more healthy.

Much of this is obvious, what is intriguing is whether such enlightened views of health are being realistically reported.
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Rising numbers in Scotland would pay higher taxes to support health and social services

Rising numbers in Scotland would pay higher taxes to support health and social services | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A NEW REPORT from the Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen) indicates that 58 per cent of Scots would be willing to pay higher taxes to improve the health of poorer people.

Time-series data from ScotCen provided to CommonSpace on attitudes to taxation, public spending and benefits suggests that a growing number of people in Scotland would be willing to pay more tax to support public services. 
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Scotland Embraces Gay Politicians in a Profound Cultural Shift

Scotland Embraces Gay Politicians in a Profound Cultural Shift | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Once known as a bastion of social conservatism, Scotland has changed dramatically in a generation, not least through the election of gay candidates.
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Scotland survey shows greater acceptance of same-sex relationships

Scotland survey shows greater acceptance of same-sex relationships | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Proportion in Scottish Social Attitudes survey who view such relationships as ‘not wrong at all’ has risen from 29% in 2000 to 59% in 2015
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England's inequality map REVEALED: Search to see full figures for your area - Mirror Online

England's inequality map REVEALED: Search to see full figures for your area - Mirror Online | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

EXCLUSIVE: Devastating new figures lay bare a North-South divide over education, health and living standards - with some workers earning £2.19 an hour more than others
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Neil Mackay: I'm an atheist who mourns the decline in religion

Neil Mackay: I'm an atheist who mourns the decline in religion | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
I DID something I have never done before on Sunday: I went to church. Now, of course, I’ve been to church for weddings and funerals and christenings but I have never been to a Sunday service in my life, to watch an act of worship.

I’ve been – excuse the pun – something of an evangelical atheist since before I was a teenager. I was influenced, I think, by growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. The violence I saw around me I blamed squarely on religion, Protestant and Catholic. And, coming from a so-called “mixed marriage” (my mother a Catholic and my father a Protestant), I saw the bitterness, failings and hypocrisy within both of the dominant faiths in Northern Ireland.
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Think tank claims SNP's Growth report makes strong case for staying part of UK - Daily Record

Think tank claims SNP's Growth report makes strong case for staying part of UK - Daily Record | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The SNP’s Sustainable Growth Commission report actually strengthens the economic case for Scotland remaining in the UK, according to a study.

The scathing report also claims the SNP’s blueprint for independence would have seen spending in Scotland reduced by £66billion if its rules had been applied over the last decade.
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Trust in Scottish Government falls amid NHS woes - The Herald (paywall)

Trust in Scottish Government falls amid NHS woes - The Herald (paywall) | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

TRUST in Nicola Sturgeon’s government has fallen for the second year in a row, amid mounting levels of dissatisfaction with the NHS and standards of living.

The level of people who trusted it to make fair decisions also dropped in 2017.

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Scotland news: Trust in SNP falls AGAIN after 'decade of mismanagement', survey reveals | UK | News

Scotland news: Trust in SNP falls AGAIN after 'decade of mismanagement', survey reveals | UK | News | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
TRUST in the SNP Government has plunged for the second year in a row amid Nicola Sturgeon's renewed crusade for independence. According to the Scottish Government's own annual Scottish Social Attitudes survey, people are increasingly concerned about education, the NHS and standards of living.
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Scots willing to pay higher taxes to reduce healthcare inequalities, research suggests

Scots willing to pay higher taxes to reduce healthcare inequalities, research suggests | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

Scots would be prepared to pay higher taxes to reduce healthcare inequalities, new research shows today.

A survey commissioned by NHS Health Scotland found that seven in 10 think the wealthy are better able to live healthy lives, and that people in richer areas tend to be healthier.

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Half of Scots believe poverty leads to poor health

Half of Scots believe poverty leads to poor health | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Scots feel that social inequalities are fuelling poor health.

The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey has shown that half of Scots believe poorer health is a result of an unjust society.

And 58% of those questioned said they would be willing to pay higher taxes to improve the health of poorer people in Scotland.
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Social Attitudes Survey: Poor health caused by 'unjust society'

Social Attitudes Survey: Poor health caused by 'unjust society' | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Half of Scots believe that poorer health is a result of an "unjust society", according to the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey.

The survey suggested that 58% would be willing to pay higher taxes to improve the health of poorer people in Scotland.

More than two-thirds of those questioned believed richer people were more able to lead healthy lives.
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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey finds nation is becoming more tolerant - The Courier

Scottish Social Attitudes Survey finds nation is becoming more tolerant - The Courier | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

" Scotland is becoming a more tolerant place, according to new research which shows prejudice against many groups falling."

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Ian Montagu: Is Scotland losing its faith?

Ian Montagu: Is Scotland losing its faith? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
New findings published this week from ScotCen’s Scottish Social Attitudes survey have highlighted both falling attendance at religious services and a steady increase in the number of Scots saying they do not belong to a religion.
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