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New Report - Building Scotland's Future Now: A new approach to financing public investment
Report advocates combination of Scottish National Investment Bank and Scottish National Investment Company to lead new public investment strategy
A NEW public model for investment in Scotland’s infrastructure could be significantly cheaper and more sustainable than private financing, a new report by Common Weal has argued.
The report, ‘Building Scotland’s future now: A new approach to financing public investment’, can be read in full here.
Piecing Together the Jigsaw Policy Lab 3: Blog
Piecing Together the Jigsaw is a participatory project co-ordinated by Common Weal and Edinburgh University
THE third and final Piecing Together the Jigsaw policy lab on February 3rd will consider policy and initiatives from early years to early adulthood.
New Report: The Demographics of Independence
Analysis looks at polling on and after the 2014 referendum was presented at the Scottish Independence Convention on 14 January
COMMON WEAL has published a new analysis of the demographics behind support for and against independence in Scotland, in order to accurately inform future Yes campaign efforts.
‘The Demographics of Independence: A study of polling on and since the 2014 referendum’ can be accessed in full here.
New Report - An independent Scotland's Customs and Borders
Customs operations, degraded by the UK Government, could be key role in an independent Scotland’s tax collection and defence strategy
A NEW Common Weal report argues that an independent Scotland could benefit from increased revenue by introducing a “smart borders” approach, with the prospects of a ‘hard border’ between Scotland and England “totally overblown”.
The White Paper Project: Version 1.0
The White Paper Project: Version 1.0 is part of a iterative process to renew the case for Scottish independence
COMMON WEAL has published the first major attempt since the 2014 referendum to build a new White Paper for Scottish independence.
The White Paper Project: Version 1.0 can be read in full here.
New Report - How to make a Currency: A Practical Guide
New report by finance sector expert provides blow by blow account of how a transition from sterling to a Scottish Currency should happen
A NEW Common Weal report has provided a detailed account of exactly how a new Scottish Currency should be established in an independent Scotland.
The report, How to make a Currency: A Practical Guide, can be read in full here.
Piecing Together the Jigsaw Policy Lab 2: Notes
Common Weal and Edinburgh University held its second policy lab on 25 November, exploring the education system and the attainment gap. Below is the notes and key information that came out of it
Policy Lab 2 involved presentations from young people with Investing in Children, who had carried out peer research into young people’s views of schooling in England and Scotland.
Piecing Together the Jigsaw Policy Lab 2: child poverty and the education system
Piecing Together the Jigsaw is a Common Weal and Edinburgh University project to connect the politics of child poverty, education and welfare together through participatory discussion and learning. The second Policy Lab of this project on Friday 25 November will look at education and attainment. Here, teacher Robert Connell offers his thoughts on the relationship between child poverty and the education system.
Report - Beyond GERS: Scotland's fiscal position post-independence
Common Weal has published a major new report arguing an independent Scotland could achieve 'deficit parity' with the rest of the UK without cutting public services by rebudgeting.
The report, ‘Beyond GERS: Scotland’s fiscal position post-independence’, is authored by researcher Dr Craig Dalzell and can be read in full here.
Stop sanctions and tackle child & pensioner poverty: Common Weal submission to Social Security Consultation
I, Daniel Blake film has highlighted the inhumanity of UK Government benefit sanctions
COMMON WEAL’S submission to the Scottish Government’s Social Security Consultation proposes routes to ending benefit sanctions in Scotland completely, and best possible options for tackling child poverty and pensioner poverty within the limits of the Scottish Government’s powers.