What Can a 1930’s Film Tell Us About Austerity?
COMMONSPACE talked to Colin Edwards about the film 'Make Way For Tomorrow', which highlights the precarity of some people's lives in the face of austerity, through through the lens of the Great Depression of the 30’s.
Still as relevant today as it was then, Director Leo McCarey uses comedy to dissect inter-generational tension, as an elderly couple loses their home and they have to move in with their children.
‘A sanitised version of the nineteenth century workhouse’: 10 damning conclusions from the new UN poverty report
UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty argues that UK Government policy has led to “systemic immiseration” of a significant part of the population – CommonSpace looks at the report’s 10 most important findings
A NEW report commissioned by the United Nations contains a number of damning conclusions about both the level of poverty in the UK and its causes.
Analysis: The DWP's Universal Credit propaganda tells you everything you need to know about this government
The DWP have spent £250,000 on an advert attempting to depict criticism of Universal Credit as fake news – it’s symbolic of just how dire this Tory Government truly is, Ben Wray finds
WHAT do you do with a policy that’s creating destitution and misery, is widely despised and has just been compared by the UN’s poverty expert to a modern version of “the nineteenth century workhouse”?
Do you increase its funding? Do you devise a new policy? Do you accept its problems and seek to fix it? Do you ask the UN poverty expert for his counsel on how to address it?
Freezing through winter, but fighting back with the union: Scott's story
A resident of the Wyndford estate in Glasgow, Scott Carroll was cut off from central heating over the winter after a spell in hospital with pneumonia – but he’s now finding his feet with the tenants’ union
LAST month, Scott Carroll had to walk home in the rain from hospital with pneumonia, with no money for public transport.
When he got home to his flat in the Wyndford estate in Maryhill, he applied to the council for a crisis grant to get the heating turned back on.
Fighting Austerity Through Theatre
Vicious will be showing at the Deaf Connections Theatre from Wednesday the 27th - Saturday 30th March.
COMMONSPACE caught up with those involved in new play Vicious, produced by Horsehead Theatre, which is highlighting the fight against pension inequality and austerity measures.
The dream of a right to food: What lessons can Scotland draw from the rest of the world?
If we are to establish a national right to food, what can the history of other countries’ attempts tell us? Sean Bell takes a look.
FOOD defines humanity, and determines life. Hunger cannot be argued with. It is a historical truth and a global reality – and Scotland is no exception.