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Scottish Chambers Welcome Move Towards Three Year Scottish Honours Degrees

Scottish Chambers of Commerce have welcomed Dundee University's initiative of creating a three year honours degree course for appropriately qualified Scottish students, believing that this would be good for students, good for business and good for our universities.  Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: 'The prospect of a three year honours degree is an extremely welcome initiative from Dundee University.  With a large number of Scottish school students already being educated to Advanced Higher level, it makes sense that Scottish university degrees reflect this fact and provide students with a tailored learning experience leading directly on from their school education, rather than having to retread old ground. 'For the students, this will reduce the cost of study by a quarter, even in the absence of tuition fees; for the universities, it will allow them to provide more focused and cost effective education; and for business, it will assist in placing young people into firms earlier, allowing them to develop their practical skills ensuring that productivity is accelerated and bringing us into line with the experience south of the border 'Of course, three year degrees may not be appropriate for every discipline, but this is exactly the kind of progressive thinking we need from our Higher Education sector as it seeks to provide world class, practical and efficient education to our business leaders of the future.'

28/09/11

Scottish Chambers Seek to Engage Positively on Corporation Tax Devolution

Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) have indicated indicated that they are supporting a constructive debate on the possible devolution of Corporation Tax to Scotland.  Publishing their evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Scotland Bill Committee on Corporation Tax (CT), SCC are adopting an open and pragmatic approach to the devolution of the tax and are posing a number of questions that need to be answered as the debate progresses.  Launching the consultation response, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: 'The ongoing debate over the Scotland Bill and what additional powers, if any, are needed to ensure Scotland's long term economic success has been a well trodden path in recent years.  At Scottish Chambers of Commerce, we have been engaging with our members across Scotland regarding their priorities for devolving powers to a more local level.  We have already adopted positions in favour of the devolution of Air Passenger Duty and additional borrowing powers for the Scottish Parliament but the devolution of Corporation Tax has generated a large measure of discussion. 'Our members have told us that low business taxes are important to them, and they are also key to attracting new businesses to invest in Scotland.  Corporation Tax is an important example of this but there are also other taxes which fall into this bracket, including Income Tax, payable by sole traders and partnerships, and Business Rates, which are already within the control of the Scottish Government.  Corporation Tax is not paid by all businesses

26/09/11

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