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Why Scotland needs a Scottish Payment Initiation Service
In the first of a two-part series, financial IT systems expert Peter Ryan writes for Common Weal on his latest policy paper, ‘Paying Our Way’. which advocates for the creation of a publicly owned payments system to support the Scottish economy.
Paying Our Way: The Case For A Scottish Payments System
Financial Services expert Peter Ryan returns to Common Weal with his latest policy paper advocating for a not-for-profit payments system to be rolled out across Scottish local authorities.
You can download the paper in full here.
Imagine you and I are an economy of two people. I pay you £100 in cash for goods. You, in turn, pay me £100 for services. Our economy ticks along just nicely exchanging goods and services with the cash transferring between us.
Scotland needs an energy policy that delivers radical solutions
Dr Ron Mould and Dr Keith Baker, co-founders of the Energy Poverty Research Initiative, call on the Scottish Government to take more drastic action to deliver a sustainable national energy policy
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT is on a collision course with the public sector over the Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES) under its Energy Efficiency Scotland programme.
The Common Weal Policy Podcast - Episode #2 - Know Your Growth Commission
Episode 2 of The Common Weal Policy Podcast.
Common Weal Campaigns Officer Jonathon Shafi and Head of Policy & Research Craig Dalzell discuss more about the Sustainable Growth Commission's approach to currency in an independent Scotland as well as their proposals to debt and liabilities in the form of their Annual Solidarity Payment.
Common Weal Policy Podcast #01 - Currency and the Growth Commission
Common Weal is piloting a new weekly Policy Podcast which will explain our policies, discuss the impact we're having in Scotland and comment on policy news going on during the week.
In this first episode, Campaigns Officer Jonathon Shafi and Head of Policy & Research Craig Dalzell look at the news that the SNP will be discussing whether or not to adopt the Growth Commission report as part of their blueprint for independence.
Common Weal poses seven questions about new currency plan
Common Weal welcomes SNP commitment to a Scottish currency – but seeks clarity on the details.
Common Weal today welcomes news that SNP members will be able to vote for a Scottish currency at the Spring Conference. Common Weal has campaigned for this for the last two years and this positive step is a victory for that campaign.
The Rent Controls Scotland Needs
Common Weal and Living Rent have teamed up to call for the Scottish Government to introduce rent controls. The report published today shows that the Scottish Governments flagship “Rent Pressure Zones” are unworkable and calls for a new model of “proper rent controls”. Since the power to introduce Rent Pressure Zones came into effect in 2016 no local authority has successfully introduce one.