Group aims to fund policy work in Scotland

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The Scottish Policy Foundation aims to address a lack of funding for research

1st December 2017 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

A new organisation has been founded which aims to address a lack of funding for policy research in Scotland.

Former politicians Douglas Alexander and Angus Robertson are amongst those who will join the advisory council of the Scottish Policy Foundation.

The charity aims to be a major new source of funding for think tanks and other organisations to conduct research into areas of devolved public policy over the next few years.

Launched as part of the St Andrew’s Day celebrations, the group has pledged to show impartiality – with a desire across the political spectrum for an increase in independent research and analysis which can better inform policy making and debate in Scotland.

Former transport secretary Alexander said: “The Scottish Parliament has gained significant new powers over recent years, and to make the most of these powers demands the development of new policy ideas through rigorous research.

“I welcome the opportunity to be part of a new organisation that aims to address this need, and contribute to Scotland developing effective policy thinking over the coming years.”

“People of all parties recognise that, while there is a lively political debate ongoing in Scotland, there is still space for new ideas,” added Robertson. “I am delighted to be part of an organisation that will be able to help generate the new thinking that is required for a successful Scotland.”

Joining the two former politicians on the advisory council will be former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini; former Conservative Government Minister Lord Dunlop; chief executive of Virgin Money Jayne-Anne Gadhia and cross-bencher and former Ambassador Lord Kerr.