The CommonSpace Editorial Team
Debt, derivatives and financial dark arts - is this any way to run a city?
The SANE (Solidarity Against Neoliberal Extremism) Collective argues that the Glasgow City Council has mortgaged the city’s future
GLASGOW City Council, with total debts of around £1.5bn, is facing “a period of unprecedented financial pressure” with a funding gap of £129.1 million over the period 2018-2021, and that is before accounting for repayments on the £548m-worth of mortgages to pay for the equal pay settlement.
Analysis: How Edinburgh said no to LOBO loans - and why it matters
Edinburgh has joined a number of councils in England in saying no to controversial ‘LOBO’ loans. Edinburgh Green councillor Gavin Corbett explains.
THE world of local authority treasury management is a rarefied one. Not many councillors seek election in order to pore over investment strategy or unpick the debt profile which councils have to manage.
Nevertheless, there it is.
Open Letter to Derek Mackay: Put the public interest at the heart of public buildings
Award-winnning Edinburgh-based architect Malcolm Fraser wrote an open letter to Finance Secretary Derek Mackay on 18 September , after the announcement of a public inquiry into debacle of the Edinburgh Sick Kids hospital. We publish the letter here.
One for the Price of Three: Public Building Procurement at Edinburgh’s Sick Kids, Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Edinburgh Schools and elsewhere
Ashley Graczyk: Please Caption This
Ashley Graczyk, an independent councillor for the Sighthill-Gorgie ward, says all organisations can take simple steps to ensure their social media content is accessible to all
THE political landscape has changed dramatically, and politics is fast-paced and ever-changing. It is more important than ever to ensure all members of our society can access and participate in a society that is politically inclusive.
Rob Connell: Edinburgh's Immigration Problem
Rob Connell, prospective SNP candidate as MP for Edinburgh South constituency, argues that the capital city is heading for a major demographic time-bomb if it is constrained by UK immigration policy post-Brexit
EDINBURGH, and Scotland as a whole, is developing a serious immigration problem.
Stuart Crawford and Richard Marsh: Defending an Independent Scotland post-Brexit
Stuart Crawford and Richard Marsh, authors of a 2012 RUSI paper on defence in an independent Scotland, find that changed circumstances since 2014 means a different set of priorities for defence spending after independence is needed, with some important implications for the size of an independent Scotland’s defence budget
Rhiannon Sims: People can't afford to live in their own cities - it's time to tackle housing inequality
Rhiannon Sims, Policy and Research Adviser at Oxfam Scotland, marks Scottish Housing Day by calling for housing to be treated not just as an asset but as a human right, ahead of the launch of a documentary on housing inequality this week
HOUSING is more than just an asset: it is a human right. It is something everyone needs, but not everyone has.
When we’ve asked people in Scotland what matters most to them, access to a secure and affordable home is top of the list. Without it, people’s chances of escaping poverty are massively reduced.
Karen Dietz: Remembering the Indy Choir
Contributing to our week of coverage marking five years since indyref, Karen Dietz of the Indy Choir explains how the group got started and it’s involvement in the 2014 Yes campaign
AS A MUSICIAN and leader of choirs I wanted to do something to advance the cause of Scottish independence. I didn’t think I would be any good at knocking on doors. Then it came to me – I would start an independence choir.