Scottish government uses non-official data on youth unemployment

That data shows Scottish youth unemployment has fallen. But official data shows it has increased in Scotland over the last year.

SNP members voted to commission a plan for pension increases in an independent Scotland

The resolution recommending this said the OECD average of 63% of average earnings should be set as the minimum.

Would an independent Scotland have to keep the pound and cut public spending?

We look at the findings of a report into what an independent Scottish state could look like.

How many countries allow parents to smack children?

A small group of countries in Europe, including the UK, do not have an outright ban on parents smacking children.

Are fewer parents smacking their children?

Yes, according to the research we’ve seen.

Scotland: Tax and spending

In recent years more money has been spent in Scotland than has been collected, whether or not you count money collected from the North Sea oil and gas industries.

Has the SNP ever been fined for election spending mistakes?

The Electoral Commission told us it has never issued the Scottish National Party with any kind of fine or sanction.

EU membership: Spain vs Scotland

It’s often assumed that Spain, with one eye on the independence movement in Catalonia, would stop an independent Scotland from joining the EU. Would it?

A second independence referendum: what does Scotland think?

Polls suggest that the gap between those who are for and against independence has narrowed since the referendum in 2014. But the picture is more mixed on whether there should ...

Is educational attainment in Scotland at record levels?

Figures on attainment in Scotland depend on which measure you prefer to look at.

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