Submission on the Scottish National Investment Bank
In May 2019, the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee asked for expert submissions on the ongoing work to establish a Scottish National Investment Bank.
Common Weal, as initiators of the policy, were invited to present our views on the progress being made by the various stakeholders towards the launch of the bank and what our views were on the scope and structure of the bank should be as well as what the missions of the bank should look like.
Common Weal’s Energy Policy Working Group releases its latest policy paper today. Authors Dr Keith Baker and Dr Ron Mould have made the case for Scotland to reform the way that heat is produced and delivered in Scotland through a network District Heating Systems (DHS).
The paper can be downloaded here.
These networks essentially view the delivery of heat as a utility (similar to provision of water, gas and electricity) rather than the result of the consumption of one.
Parliament must be ready for more 'difficult decisions' to tackle Climate Emergency, @ScotGov say
Scottish Government ministers, opposition politicians and environmental campaigners have all argued that abandoning the aviation tax cut alone will not be enough to address the climate emergency
Andy Wightman calls for investigation into ‘illegal practices’ as Living Rent report reveals abuse of holiday lets by rogue landlords
Scottish Government must “take action now close this loophole and drastically step up regulation and ensure tenants are safe,” says co-author of new report
SNP Conference Adopts Common Weal Statistics Policy
Head of Policy & Research Dr Craig Dalzell comments on the passing of a motion supporting the creation of a Scottish Statistics Agency.
The SNP conference was marked by several important topics that were thrashed out on the floor on the day and in the press and online in the weeks and months preceding. On the Growth Commission in particular, I was personally invested in a great deal of that discussion so I know how many tens of thousands of words were written around that topic.