Building Our Common Future: Stepping Up Our Game
Public Energy Company - Common Weal Consultation Response
Common Weal calls for the creation of a publicly owned energy company (POEC) with the goals of creating new energy infrastructure, accelerating energy system reform, increasing public engagement with the energy network and reducing costs to consumers.
Report: Data Protection and Democracy
The recent revelations about the impact of the misuse of data on our lives and on our democracies has been highlighted by a new report by Common Weal
Incentives and Opportunities Signalled by Transmission Charges in Scotland
A new Common Weal Policy Paper concludes that Scotland is not well served by the UK’s National Grid and the current system restricts the development of Scotland’s renewable energy potential and leads to high charges for Scottish consumers.
The paper has been written by Iain Wright who has more than 35 years of experience working in the energy sector in both Scotland and Ireland and can be read in full here.
New research reveals 1 in 3 Scots' believe their homes are not up to standard
Research shows renters bear the brunt of Scotland's low quality housing stock
New research has revealed one in three people feel their housing is inadequate, based on a new metric for assessing housing quality which campaigners say could be a new way in understanding problems with housing and how to fix them.
Shelter Scotland conducted a study on levels of public satisfaction with housing in Scotland which show one in three consider their housing inadequate in at least one of five key registers.
The magic money tree is real: Treasury confirms taxes are not needed to fund government spending
Richard Murphy: “What we actually have here is…an admission that the government can create money at will. So the 'magic money tree' exists, as a matter of fact.”
A LETTER from the Economic Secretary of the Treasury has confirmed that the government does not need to raise money from taxation to fund government spending, leading to advocates of increased public investment to declare “the magic money tree exists, as a matter of fact”.
Exclusive: New demographics of independence report identifies most Yes votes to be found among the working class
Those below the median income are the biggest pool of potential Yes voters that can be tapped into by far, a new report on the demographics of independence has found.
WARNING against a strategy of targeting higher income Scots, a report by the Common Weal think-tank will be published tomorrow [8 June] showing the demographics of potential Yes voters as the SNP’s party conference kicks-off in Aberdeen.
Rebuttal: Why silly figures for what an independent Scotland would need to protect its currency misunderstand modern money
CommonSpace dissects the argument that an independent Scotland would need a foreign currency reserve big enough to back up “everything” in its national economy
THE Daily Telegraph has published claims from Glasgow University professor Ronald Macdonald claiming if an independent Scotland were to establish its own Scottish currency it would need foreign currency reserves of anywhere between £30-300 billion.