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Report: Towards a Defence & Security strategy for an independent Scotland
Paper looks at the new defence & security institutions an independent Scotland would need and how much they would cost to establish
AN independent Scotland should have a ‘triple-lock’ on going to war, a new paper on defence and security after independence has argued.
Common Weal comments on Scottish Draft Budget
Common Weal comment on tax, housing, local government, Scottish National Investment Bank and public-sector pay
THE Common Weal think-tank has commented on the Scottish Government's draft budget for 2018/19.
Commenting on the changes to the income tax system, Craig Dalzell head of research stated:
Report: A Scottish Approach to Immigration post-Brexit
Paper welcomed by STUC and Unison Scotland
DEVOLVING immigration and employment law together can give Scotland the opportunity to create a workers rights-based approach to immigration post-Brexit that benefits all workers.
The idea is one of a series of proposals in ‘A Scottish Approach to Immigration Post-Brexit’, authored by researcher Mark Butterly, which can be accessed in full here.
New revelations show the Scottish Government has questions to answer about closeness to property developer lobby
Ben Wray: "The Scottish Government appear to be reliant on the lobbyist for evidence to justify policy which its most wealthy members benefit from directly"
THE Common Weal think-tank has argued that the Scottish Government has to answer a number of questions about its closeness to the property developer lobby in Scotland, after new revelations by the investigatory journalist group The Ferret.
Report: Preparing Scotland digitally for independence
Paper examines digital transition upon Scottish independence
NEW IT systems for an independent Scotland would cost about £1.25bn and could be implemented over a three-year transition period, but can be built in such a way that avoids previous pitfall’s in proprietary-software and can recoup income through revenue from optimal digital systems in for instance Customs and Central Banking.
“Damning” findings on causes of poverty shows the Scottish Parliament “has failed the poorest Scots on housing”
Evidence points to a “growing class divide” in housing
A “COMPLETE OVERHAUL” of the Scottish Government’s approach to housing is needed, as “damning” findings show rising housing costs for the poorest Scots since devolution has become a key impediment to reducing poverty.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s new Poverty in Scotland 2017 report has revealed reductions in poverty over the past two decades is in danger of “unravelling” due to rising housing costs, stagnant wages and welfare cuts.
Report: A Public Future for Scotland's Railways
In-depth report argues the Franchise system should be dismantled, with the railways run as a public service as part of an integrated transport strategy
SCOTLAND needs a fully publicly owned and operated rail system to meet the needs of rail users, a new report published by Common Weal and the Transport Union TSSA has argued.
On housing and the environment, #Budget2017 takes Britain backwards
Stamp Duty cut “illiterate” and budget abandons wind and solar power
RESPONDING to the Budget 2017, Craig Dalzell, Common Weal head of research, said:
“Philip Hammond’s 2017 Autumn Budget leaves much to be desired. In many instances, it fails to properly identify the problems that the UK economy faces and even where it does, it often offers ineffective or counter-productive solutions.
Scottish National Investment Bank must have a guaranteed ‘public good’ mission
Common Weal has proposed a ‘stakeholder’ governance structure made up of a diverse cross-section of the economy
THE Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB) must have a series of ‘public good’ mission guarantees to prevent it ever becoming a typical for-profit bank, Common Weal has argued in its submission to the public consultation on the implementation of the new bank.
New data shows the cost of private renting has got “out of control” in Scotland
Rents risen by one-third in Glasgow and Edinburgh since 2010
The Common Weal think-tank has responded to new data showing private rent costs continuing to rise in Scotland by calling for “serious action” from local authorities and the Scottish Government to make housing affordable and deal with "out of control" costs.