Is raising the Scottish rate of income tax progressive?

Tue 02 February 2016
A progressive tax change is one that it benefits those on lower incomes more than higher incomes. Let's consider what raising the Scottish rate of income tax by 1p means. The bar below shows the income of someone who's on the minimum wage, earning about £14,000 (before ...

Absolute poverty

Mon 07 December 2015
Absolute poverty has different meanings in different contexts. I thought it'd be interesting to compare the UK meaning with the international one and consider the extent to which they are comparable. First, here is the United Nations 1995 definition of absolute poverty: A condition characterised by severe deprivation of ...

A wee bit more on electricity in Scotland

Fri 20 November 2015
This is a just a quick follow up to my last post to tighten up a few details on the estimates I made. The numbers and graphs presented in this post supersede the ones in the last one for a few reasons which I'll detail below. But, in short ...

A question on electricity in Scotland

Sun 15 November 2015
Note: More refined estimates and better graphs are provided in this post, but the conclusions remain unchanged. Scotland currently has four large conventional power stations. In descending order of capacity they are: Longannet - coal - 2.260 GW Torness - nuclear - 1.185 GW Peterhead - gas - 1.180 GW Hunterston B - nuclear ...

Scottish public funding - fair or needed?

Wed 23 September 2015
A report on local government funding was published yesterday by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). The BBC and the Scotsman, amongst others, reported on these two findings: The funding of local government as a percentage of the central Scottish government budget has not significantly decreased. The Scottish government has ...

Scotland's age distribution

Wed 09 September 2015
I've been looking at the age distribution of people in Scotland and made this animation to visualise trends between 1982 and now - a period of 33 years. Source: National records of Scotland Additions to the population are highlighted ...

A simple argument against austerity

Sun 30 August 2015
The argument for austerity goes like this: The public debt is too high so businesses and consumers lose confidence which hampers economic growth. If the government is seen to be reducing public debt then confidence will be restored. Confident business will invest and become more efficient, and sell more products ...

Inequality mathematics

Wed 29 July 2015
This post describes the mathematics of inequality in income distributions. It is sufficiently abstract that it's applicable to wealth and many other distributions. You can find the ideas explained without mathematics in this post over on the Rational Intuition blog. The essential point is that commonly stated income fractions ...

Poverty

Thu 23 July 2015
A very pleasant Friday afternoon. My son and I went to the cinema, then had a good lunch at a cafe, with amazing baked-on-premises cake, and then browsed a few shops, coming away with a box set of Alien films and a Dr Who and the Web of Fear DVD ...

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