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  1. April 30, 2014

    UK Treasury steps up drive against Scottish independence

    The UK Treasury is stepping up its drive against Scottish independence with a speech by chief secretary Danny Alexander that...

  2. April 15, 2014

    Abandoning UK debt would ‘strengthen’ Scotland, says report

    Edinburgh says a report on the fiscal benefits of independent Scots walking away from UK state debt shows that London would...

  1. March 24, 2014

    Brussels scuppers Scottish pension hopes for independence

    Brussels will dash the Scottish government’s hopes that EU pension reforms would smooth a transition to independence by...

  2. February 27, 2014

    Standard Life warns on Scots ‘Yes’ vote

    The campaign for Scottish Independence suffered a damaging setback on Thursday when two of the country’s biggest employers...

  3. February 19, 2014

    Scotland minister warns on UK cost of refusal to share pound

    British taxpayers could be landed with an annual debt service bill of up to £5.5bn if London refuses to share the pound with...

  4. January 15, 2014

    Scottish growth lags behind UK

    Scotland’s economy gathered pace last year, but the pace of recovery still lagged behind the overall UK growth rate,...

  5. January 9, 2014

    Scotland to end supermarket tax on alcohol and tobacco

    Scotland will scrap a special levy on large shops that sell tobacco and alcohol, a move that has been welcomed by big...

  6. November 5, 2013

    Scottish finance secretary snubs Westminster MPs

    John Swinney has provoked anger in Westminster after the Scottish finance secretary turned down a request from MPs to appear...

  7. October 22, 2013

    Scotland seeks buyers for Grangemouth

    Scotland’s government has launched a search for potential buyers of the Grangemouth refinery, ramping up pressure on its...

  8. October 22, 2013

    Scotland politicians seek buyer for Grangemouth refinery

    Top Scottish politicians have been talking to potential buyers for a refinery and petrochemicals complex that is at the...

  9. October 17, 2013

    Ineos shuts Grangemouth refinery despite cancelled strike

    Ineos has shut down its Grangemouth refinery and petrochemicals complex in Scotland, suggesting it might not restart unless...

  10. October 7, 2013

    Unions warned over action at Scottish refinery

    Ineos has accused unions at its closure-threatened Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemical plant in Scotland of “fiddling...

  11. September 11, 2013

    SNP highlights limited powers in austerity fight

    Unveiling its budget for the run-up to next year’s independence referendum, Scotland’s nationalist government on Wednesday...

  12. June 28, 2013

    Scotland blazes stamp duty reform trail

    A bill approved by Scottish MPs to replace stamp duty with a more progressive tax has been championed by those property...

  13. April 23, 2013

    Scots face tough choices on currency

    The release on Tuesday of a UK Treasury report on an independent Scotland's currency choices marks the start of a new...

  14. April 17, 2013

    Scottish Power to recruit 2,500 people

    ScottishPower has announced plans to recruit 2,500 people for network engineering jobs over the next decade as it labours...

  15. March 20, 2013

    Budget 2013: Distillers rue dual treatment over duty escalator

    There was a showdown in the pub when George Osborne, chancellor, allowed brewers to step off the duty escalator but kept on...

  16. March 20, 2013

    Budget 2013: Edinburgh dismisses ‘slow-motion’ attitude

    Scotland’s government has dismissed what it called a “delayed action Budget for slow-motion growth”, claiming that...

  17. March 20, 2013

    Budget 2013: North Sea buoys Scottish independence hopes

    If Scotland’s best known former energy analyst has any worries about the prospects for North Sea oil and gas, he is...

  18. October 5, 2012

    West Lothian processing plant faces closure

    The struggling Hall’s of Broxburn meat-processing plant in West Lothian will close by February if no buyer can be found, its...

  19. March 21, 2012

    SNP sees missed chance for stimulus

    The Scottish government accused the chancellor of missing an opportunity to get the economy moving and deliver greater...

  20. FT Alphaville

    February 6, 2012

    Scotland's unsolicited non-rating

    We couldn’t help but notice that the major ratings agencies were terribly coy about Scotland. From the FT: The three leading...

  21. February 5, 2012

    Doubt cast on any future Scottish sovereign rating

    An independent Scotland would not be able to count on receiving triple A status, credit rating agencies have told the...

  22. FT Alphaville

    February 2, 2012

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis, and other offerings from Thursday’s FT, Charles Goodhart: Longer-term forecasts are a step backwards...

  23. February 1, 2012

    Scotland can go it alone and stay triple A

    People across the UK are now actively involved in a debate on Scotland’s future. I am confident that independence will...

  24. November 11, 2011

    Scotland welcomes Osborne’s renewables fund

    A decision by the chancellor to release £100m to fund renewable energy in Scotland was welcomed by the Holyrood government...

  25. October 27, 2011

    Scotland attracts high-profile investments

    The “Team Scotland” approach adopted by the devolved Holyrood government and its enterprise agencies has helped to attract...

  26. September 21, 2011

    Scots to boost capital spending

    The Scottish government will try to boost the economy by switching resources from current expenditure to capital spending,...

  27. March 24, 2011

    Scots angry over £2bn North Sea tax raid

    Scottish politicians accused George Osborne of using North Sea resources to “fuel his Budget”, saying the chancellor had...

  28. March 22, 2011

    New Forth bridge builder chosen

    The Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors consortium has been chosen to build a replacement bridge across the Forth, the...

  29. March 17, 2011

    Holyrood approves world’s largest tidal energy project

    The world’s largest tidal energy project will be built between the islands of Islay and Jura in the inner Hebrides,...

  30. February 13, 2011

    Battle lines drawn for Scottish election

    Battle lines have been drawn for a bitter struggle between the Scottish National party and Labour in May’s elections to...

  31. November 21, 2010

    Doubts over Scotland’s investment plan

    The Scottish government has outlined ambitious plans for private sector investment to help it cope with an unprecedented...

  32. November 18, 2010

    Scotland and Wales set out tough budgets

    The Scottish government has announced plans for a public sector pay freeze, and Welsh ministers spread the pain across...

  33. October 22, 2010

    Scotland says cuts could thwart recovery

    The severity of capital expenditure cuts threatens to choke off tentative signs of recovery, the Scottish government has...

  34. October 15, 2010

    Scottish government warns of effect of cuts

    The Scottish government has warned the chancellor not to endanger the recovery by imposing public expenditure cuts next week...

  35. September 29, 2010

    Scots pioneer funding model

    The Scottish government has given the go-ahead to the first use of a method of funding that could allow local authorities...

  36. July 29, 2010

    Scots warned on threat to main policies

    Scots have been warned that flagship policies developed under devolution may not survive the squeeze on public...

  37. May 25, 2010

    Devolved regions aim to delay pain

    All three devolved administrations are poised to seize the government’s offer to postpone taking their full share of...

  38. April 5, 2010

    Low-carbon industries set to create 60,000 jobs, study says

    About 60,000 green jobs could be created in Scotland over the next decade by low-carbon industries, according to the...

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