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.
WATCH: Glasgow youth take to the street demanding climate action now
On 20 September, 2019, school children, university students and young people across the world went on strike demanding climate justice now.
CommonSpace journalist, Rhiannon J Davies, was at the Glasgow strike which marched from Kelvingrove Park to George Square to speak to young people and find out why they had taken to the streets.
Editorial: Glasgow 2020 is an opportunity for Scotland to lead the global zero-carbon revolution
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray says the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow next year will be a huge moment – no more talk and targets; nothing less than decisive actions to deliver a zero-carbon revolution is good enough
IN DECEMBER next year, Glasgow will be the centre of the world.
It will be in Scotland’s largest city where up to 30,000 delegates will gather for a UN Global Climate Summit, expected to be the most important since Paris in 2015.
Stuart Graham: It's time to bring climate action to Glasgow's workplaces
After the announcement that Glasgow will host the UN Climate Summit in December 2020, Glasgow Union social work branch co-convenor Stuart Graham says trade unionists in the city need to get organised for the huge challenges of the Climate Emergency which lie ahead
AS THE climate emergency climbs higher up the political agenda and pushes its way onto our screens and into our public spaces, any relatively informed observer could reasonably expect that government at local and national level will devise effective strategies to tackle it.
‘A significant blow’: Anti-eviction campaigners cautiously welcome reversal of lock-change policy as Mears Group takeover from Serco
Living Rent has pledged to hold the Mears Group to its commitments, while the Scottish Refugee Council seeks a guarantee of no summary evictions, “lawful or not”
The Critical Citizens’ Humanifesto for a better Glasgow
Mark Langdon, Sue Laughlin and Penny Cole from the Solidarity Against Neoliberal Extremism (SANE) collective make the case for developing a Humanifesto in Glasgow based on the principles of radical municipalism, an international movement for a new type of citizen-driven politics of social justice at the city-level
WATCH: The CommonSpace Show - with Karin Goodwin
The CommonSpace Show returns – featuring CommonSpace journalists David Jamieson and Rhiannon Davies discussing the week’s big stories.
For this edition, we are joined by freelance journalist Karin Goodwin who regularly contributes to both the Sunday National and The Ferret. Earlier this year she was awarded the Nicola Barry award at the Scottish Press Awards for her campaigning journalism. She focuses mainly on social issues, and has covered homelessness and the Serco evictions in depth.