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Report: Backing Scotland's Currency - Foreign Exchange Reserves for an independent Scotland
The interest paid on Scottish foreign reserves would likely be significantly less than Scotland’s current contribution to the interest on UK foreign reserves
A NEW report by Common Weal has detailed how the stability of a Scottish currency can be achieved through the holding of foreign currency reserves.
Renew: Six policies that can refresh the Scottish Government's domestic agenda
A Scottish National Investment Bank to fund green re-industrialisation, transformation of housing and radical democratic reform among measures proposed for renewal of the Scottish Government’s agenda
COMMON WEAL has published a new paper proposing six policy ways to renew the Scottish Government’s domestic agenda through fresh and eye-catching policy transformation after 10 years in power at Holyrood.
Independent Scotland is an economic opportunity for the north of England
Last week, Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine gave a lecture a the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) on how Scottish independence could benefit the economy of the north of England. We re-publish the blog post which the lecture was based on here.
Fracking Consultation: Common Weal submission
Think-tank warns that fracking could cause long-term harm to Scotland's local economies
THE Common Weal has submitted its contribution to the Scottish Government's consultation on fracking and unconventional gas extraction (UGE), which draws to a close today.
While the focus of opposition to fracking has centred on its potentially damaging environmental impact, the think-tank challenges the assumption that it will bring economic benefits to Scotland's communities.
Report - Public Procurement in Scotland: The case for scrutiny, accountability and transparency
Report calls for changes to Freedom of Information to increase openness and increased accountability from parliamentary committees of procurement, among other measures
THERE has been a “loss in public rights” from the approach the Scottish Government has pursued in procurement and the building of infrastructure, a new Common Weal report by economist Margaret Cuthbert has argued, calling for wide-ranging changes to ensure accountability and transparency.
'Talk, Think, Do': Common Weal Skye on Rural Housing
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COMMON WEAL SKYE is holding a regular series of events titled ‘Talk, Think, Do’. The aim is to give people the opportunity to engage, interact and respond to solution orientated discussion on relevant local matters. The ideas that emerge from the talks will be posted on the CommonSpace Policy Channel, as a much needed input of rural Highland voices into the national policy dimension.
Report: Mapping economic potential in North East Glasgow
40 derelict sites identified for ‘asset based community development’ regeneration strategy
AHEAD of the Scottish local elections next week, a new report by Common Weal has highlighted how the north-east of Glasgow could be transformed if derelict sites were used by the community to rebuild the local economy.
Report: Potential Dangers of Public-Sector Investment in Hub sub debt
New report by Dr Jim Cuthbert lays bare an area of potential public financing worth billions that is currently under the radar
THE Scottish Government could be tapping into billions of potential capital from secondary market sales of private finance debt, but the potential investment funds boon needs governmental monitoring and prudential analysis to ensure it is not misused, a new Common Weal report argues.
Time for a Scottish National Investment Bank
Common Weal, Friends of the Earth Scotland and the New Economics Foundation (NEF) call on the Scottish Government to set up a Scottish National Investment Bank
SNP Spring Conference delegates unanimously passed a motion to set up a Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB). The proposal should now be pursued by the Scottish Government, Common Weal and other advocates of the policy proposal have argued.
Divest¦Reinvest: Scottish Council Pensions for a future worth living in
Common Weal, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Unison Scotland paper shows billions could be accessed for socially and environmentally useful investment projects
SCOTTISH Pension funds hold a £1.7bn stake in fossil fuel companies driving unsustainable carbon emissions, money that could be re-invested into green energy and housing while still securing solid financial returns, a new report has argued.