Francis Stuart: Business rate cuts won't save high streets - Prioritise the social foundations of local economies
Francis Stuart, policy officer at the STUC, contributes to our special week of coverage on towns and places, arguuing that the revitalisation of local economies requires a foundational economy approach, which prioritises the everyday goods and services we all rely on
Judy Wilkinson: Grassroots structures need to be energetic and innovative, not bureaucratic
Judy Wilkinson, allotments campaigner, says grassroots organisations need a form of democracy which inspires, encourages energy and innovation, and does not get bogged down in pointless rules and bureaucracy
WE ARE in times of chaos and turmoil with fear being spread by the media, by the decisions of those in power and a general feeling of helplessness.
Patrick Phillips: The relationship between citizen and state has to change at local level
Patrick Phillips, writer and artist, argues that the concept of Local Authorities needs to be totally overhauled, including linguistically, so that the relationship between citizen and state is re-born
I HAVE written previously for CommonSpace about how my mother and I were treated at a time of crisis in our lives by the local authority. We were facing an illegal eviction and corruption of council tax payment from our landlord.
Robin McAlpine: Why my worries about democracy don't start in Brazil
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says there seems to be declining support for democracy everywhere he turns but it needs to be defended and rebooted, because the alternative is terrifying
I HAVE been worrying about the future of democracy this week – but my worries don't start in Brazil.
Podcast: How would community level democracy work?
New report proposes a system of local democracy whereby the “size and shape of each new democratic area should be defined by communities themselves through a participatory process”
COMMONSPACE editor Ben Wray speaks to Common Weal head of policy & research Dr Craig Dalzell about the think-tank's new paper on restructuring local democracy titled 'Development Councils - A Proposal For A New System Of Local Democracy In Scotland'.
Issues discussed include:
- Why should we care about local democracy?
Development Councils - A Proposal For A New System Of Local Democracy In Scotland
Scotland has, by a wide margin, the worse degree of local democracy in Europe.
A new policy paper from Common Weal explores the lack of effectiveness and accountability of local democracy in Scotland and has developed a new proposal based on evidence gathered from extensive interviews with a wide range of individuals and organisations working in local democracy and community development throughout Scotland.
Ex-Tory councillor turned independence supporter founds new Edinburgh Common Weal group
Independent councillor Ashley Graczyk has also endorsed local tax reform, and argues that Brexit justifies a second independence referendum
ASHLEY GRACZYK, the independent councillor for the Sighthill/Gorgie ward in Edinburgh who left the Scottish Conservatives earlier this year after voicing her support for independence, has founded Scotland’s newest local Common Weal group to engage Edinburgh voters of all stripes in grassroots activism and local democracy.
Podcast: Democracy, the media and Scotland, with journalists Layla-Roxanne Hill and Adam Ramsay
CommonSpace reporter Sean Bell traps journalists Layla-Roxanne Hill and Adam Ramsay in a cupboard at the Democracy21 conference
COMMONSPACE sat down with the Ferret's Layla-Roxanne Hill and OpenDemocracy UK's Adam Ramsay in the finest room the Glasgow Marriott had to offer during the recent Democracy 21 conference. Issues discussed on the podcast include:
- OpenDemocracy's investigation into the dark money behind the Brexit vote