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Issue 16


Welcome to Issue 16. We hope you enjoy this week's articles and find something of interest to read. We are delighted that Andy Maciver, Director at Message Matters, will now be a regular contributor to future editions and we are interested in similar contributions from others in differing policy areas. In the next issue we will have a focus on transport so if you have a perspective you would like to share on this or another theme please contact us. As always, we welcome comment and contributions. Please contact us if you would like to discuss advertising in or writing for a future edition at Issue 17 will be published in two weeks' time and fortnightly thereafter.

Challenges for Care Experienced Young People

Care experienced children and young people face huge barriers in many aspects of life. In education and employment, they are significantly disadvantaged. These disadvantages are compounded by the negative stereotyping society applies to them and added pressure around housing, crime and family. In this article, Martin Dorchester, Chief Executive of Includem, explores some of the main challenges facing young people today.

Setting our sights high for Scotland's women-owned businesses

Research undertaken by WES at the end of last year for the Federation of Small Businesses found that women owned businesses already contribute a staggering £8.8bn into the Scottish economy every year. That’s more than some of the stated economic “growth sectors” according to the Scottish Government Growth Sector statistics.

The Independent Group: Shake Up or Short Term?

Are we seeing the beginning of the end of the two dominant parties of the last century? Or are the Gang of Seven, Eight, then Eleven simply having a collective strop which will be stamped out by a combination of Brexit events and the First Past the Post electoral system.

Landlines in cells: Helping families and supporting rehabilitation

The UK Government is allowing thousands more prisoners in England and Wales to be able to make phone calls from their cells as part of a drive to reduce violence and reoffending. Reform Scotland has called for a similar scheme to be piloted in Scotland - currently prisoners here have to queue to use public phones within the prisons, which can be a trigger for violence and intimidation.


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