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Report: Blueprint for a Scottish National Investment Bank
New report by Common Weal and NEF will be launched at IdeaSpace on Thursday 13 October, 15.20pm
A SCOTTISH NATIONAL INVESTMENT BANK could be established now by the Scottish Government, and could be a major driver of jobs through long-term, low-interest loans for investment.
‘Blueprint for a Scottish National Investment Bank’, published jointly by think-tank’s the New Economics Foundation and Common Weal, can be read in full here.
How does poverty affect children and young people - Policy Lab 1 notes
Piecing Together the Jigsaw, Common Weal and Edinburgh University’s childhood project, began on 21 September with a policy lab looking at how poverty affects children and young people. The session involved teachers, academics, campaigners and voluntary sector workers, who discussed the issues in groups. Below are the notes of key points from the policy lab. Click here for information on future Piecing Together the Jigsaw policy labs
Material and Psycho-Social Effects of Poverty
Piecing Together the Jigsaw Blog 2: The demoralisation and stigma of poverty
The Common Weal and Edinburgh University project‘Piecing Together the Jigsaw’ kicks off Wednesday 21 September with a policy lab based on the question ‘how does poverty affect children and young people?’ To inform the discussion two blogs have been published by education expert Terry Wrigley: the first looked at the real experience of
Piecing Together the Jigsaw blog 1: The real experience of growing up in poverty
The Common Weal and Edinburgh University project ‘Piecing Together the Jigsaw’ kicks off Wednesday 21 September with a policy lab based on the question ‘how does poverty affect children and young people?’ To inform the discussion, this blog – an extract from education experts Terry Wrigley and John Smyth’s book ‘Living on the Edge’ – looks at the real experience of growing up in poverty
The White Paper Project: Renewing the case for Scottish Independence
Common Weal’s White Paper Project to produce a series of papers on structures and systems of an independent Scotland brought together in one White Paper in early 2017
THE case for Scottish independence was never and cannot ever be a tablet of stone – it must be made and re-made constantly as circumstances change.
Piecing together the Jigsaw: Common Weal and Edinburgh University childhood project
‘Piecing together the Jigsaw: Connecting the politics of childhood poverty, education and welfare’ will start with a Policy Lab looking at the specific ways in which poverty affects children and young people
10 Things about the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2016
Common Weal Policy dissect the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, the first since the election and Brexit
THE Scottish Government’s Programme for Government has been announced and provides a first chance for us to have a look at First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s legislative agenda for the fifth sitting of the Scottish Parliament. There’s plenty to look at - it’s the first programme since the SNP’s 2016 election manifesto and since Brexit – so let’s get on with it.
5 things you should know about our new report on division of assets & debts in an independent Scotland
Common Weal break down the five key things you should know about our new report Claiming Scotland’s Assets: a discussion paper on the division of assets and debts to an independent Scotland.
- UK Government position “completely at odds with historical reality”
New Report: Claiming Scotland's Assets
An independent Scotland would have a number of negotiating options over the division of assets and debts that could lead to savings to the public purse totalling in the billions, a new report published by the Common Weal think-tank has argued.
The report, Claiming Scotland’s Assets: A discussion paper on the division of assets and debts to an independent Scotland, is authored by researcher Dr Craig Dalzell and can be accessed in full here.
Barclays fundamentally flawed ‘Prosperity Index’ and the need for more careful media scrutiny
Aedan MacRae, researcher with Common Weal, looks at Barclays prosperity index published and heavily covered by the UK media on Tuesday 30 August. He finds flaws in the way the findings were presented, in the data sets used and in the choice of indicators selected