"They are most likely to stop when they have two children, compared with English women who go on to have three or four."
I don't understand the above statement from the report. Two children remains the norm in England and Wales and the fertility rate is 1.86 children per woman, only slightly ahead of Scotland according to National Statistics.
I know this was meant to be a little on the light side but this from Scunnert's post on that page, does highlight how it effects us all.
'I know all you growth is good folks think you understand the situation and have contingency plans and all that. But I think you're a bunch of windhags that just want to import a larger market and cheaper labour force.
All you developers out there who want to rip down and build up. More office buildings, more supermarkets, more motorways, more bridges, more golf courses - your hearts are racing at the very thought of it. Your pathetic vision of endless growth and money, money, money!'
cant understand how they afford all those extra perks free prescriptions, university, care for old biddies, back dated pay rises for nurses and police, etc. not knocking it just wish the south would follow the example.
sunny staines-- I've read somewhere that Scotland gets approx £1500.00 per head per year more from central government than England so that would seem to be why it can be afforded. I suspect the fact that there are so many MPs from Scotland ( including the PM ) has something to do with this.
That's because of the Barnet formula, that has been agreed by all parties, for many years. We never complained when Scotland was providing all the oil that allowed Maggie to create the dole queues for us, in order to restore our English economy at that time! Anyway, how the Scots spend the money they get, under this old formula, is now up to them since Devolution. Let them get on with it - they seem wise enough to make their own decisions!