Minimum Pricing of alcohol

On 15th November 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol. Originally proposed in 2012, the legislation has been held up by a legal challenge from the Scotch Whiskey Association (SWA).1 The defeat of their appeal means that the Scottish Government is now free to proceed with its plans to introduce a minimum price of alcohol, planned to be 50 pence per unit. Read More

Fife Findings: Children in families with limited resources 2014-16

New data from the Scottish Government on “Children in families with limited resources across Scotland 2014-2016” provides estimates of the proportion of children in combined low income and material deprivation by council area and household characteristics. This was collected via the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) over three years, 2014 to 2016. Read More

Basic Income

1. This report is intended as a background paper to support local discussions in Fife around basic income.
2. It has been informed through collaborative discussions over the last year with-:
• International experts through BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network)
• Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland
• Glasgow and North Ayrshire Councils
• The Scottish Government Read More

Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, 2016-17

Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, 2016-17

Council Tax Reduction (CTR) statistics show that there were 491,760 CTR recipients in Scotland in March 2017; that’s around one-fifth of chargeable dwellings. The total number of CTR recipients in Scotland has gradually decreased by 11 per cent between the beginning of the scheme in Scotland in April 2013, and March 2017. Read More

Participatory Budgeting in Fife

1. This report pulls together an overview of Participatory Budgeting activity in Fife between 2010 and 2017.
2. It draws from collaborative discussions with a group of practitioners with
experience of leading and developing PB processes in Fife.
3. It takes stock of what we have learned from our experience of PB in Fife and what others have done or are doing.
4. It is intended to serve as a pathfinder for the direction that Fife may wish to take in the future in relation to Participatory Budgeting. Read More