Social exclusion and constitutional change

The Scotland Institute has published its first report ‘Social Exclusion in Scotland’. Founded in June 2012, the Institute’s mission is to build an economy which is sustainable and competitive, a society where wealth is fairly distributed, and a politics which tackles social exclusion and deprivation as a matter of course.

The report recognises the efforts made since devolution to tackle social exclusion, but concludes that there are four main gaps: services to low income households; low wages; education and health outcomes; and support for workless families.

The report also questions (like the Red Paper) how independence linked to Sterling will address social exclusion: “If Scotland remains tied to UK-wide economic policy, and if that continues to set primarily to meet the needs of the City of London, then the best that can be achieved is a set of policies that will mitigate the worst effects. If, as currently suggested, independence means retaining sterling, then that independence will preclude the ability to create a genuinely different economic model.”

This report is a significant constribution to our understanding of poverty in Scotland and the limitations of the current constitutional settlement in tackling the deep seated causes.

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