Analysis: Have the Greens got enough bang for their buck with their #ScotBudget deal?
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray looks at whether the Scottish Greens have won enough in their Budget agreement with the Scottish Government
THE Scottish Government is set to pass its 2019/20 Budget after securing the backing of the Scottish Greens, after days of wrangling.
The spotlight has been on whether the Greens have got serious enough concessions to their agenda to warrant passing the Budget, and on that the jury is very much out.
Analysis: Will the Greens back the Scottish Government’s status quo Scottish Budget?
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray analyses yesterday’s draft Scottish Government budget, and looks at whether Finance Minister Derek Mackay’s attempt to position it in the centre-ground will win him parliamentary allies
MOST people aren’t paying much attention to the Scottish Budget this year, even the small minority who usually do pay attention to it. What with the severe crisis at Westminster, Holyrood’s finances aren’t getting much of a look in.
We’ve got news for you budget slackers – you aren’t missing much.
#ScottishBudget Reaction: Patrick Harvie, Poverty Alliance, IPPR Scotland, Child Poverty Action Group, PCS + more
Reaction to the Budget from across Scottish politics and civil society
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT Finance Minister Derek Mackay has delivered his draft Budget to the Scottish Parliament.
Mackay has proposed to maintain income tax rates as they were, increase public sector pay by 3 per cent for those earning under 36.5k per year, and have real terms funding increases for Healthcare and Early Years & Childcare.
CommonSpace has rounded up reaction to the budget from politicians, think tanks, trade unions and others.
Craig Dalzell: This is a mitigation Budget - Scotland desperately needs the powers to chart its own course
Craig Dalzell, head of policy & research at Common Weal, gives his take on the Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2019/20 announced today [12 December]
THE first draft of the Scottish budget possibly wasn’t the highest profile piece of news to come out this week, given the state of Brexit and the impending no confidence vote on Theresa May.
3 Scottish councils could save over £1 billion by refinancing ‘Lobo’ loans, research finds
RBS has indicated it is “open to discussions” about loan re-financing after agreeing to new terms with Kent and Northamptonshire councils
SCOTLAND’S three largest councils could collectively save over £1 billion by re-financing controversial high interest ‘Lobo’ loans, researchers have found.
4 things the Fraser of Allander report tells us about @ScotGov’s Budget challenges
The Scottish Government will outline it’s spending plans for 2019/20 on 12 December – what options does it have, and what constraints is it working under? CommonSpace takes a look.
THE Fraser of Allander Institute’s new report on Scottish public finances provides an in-depth analysis of the situation Finance Minister Derek Mackay faces in his Scottish budget on 12 December.
CommonSpace has broken down four key findings of the report, and what it tells us about the likely opportunities and constraints the Scottish Government face in the budget.
#Budget2018 reaction: Richard Murphy, Craig Dalzell, Poverty Alliance, Inclusion Scotland + more
Budget reaction from Richard Murphy, Craig Dalzell, Positive Money, Inclusion Scotland, Poverty Alliance, Scottish Unemployed Workers Network and the Child Poverty Action Group Scotland
THE Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his 2018 Budget to the House of Commons.
Carillion collapse: Is there a public alternative in Scotland?
Ben Wray, Common Weal head of policy, proposes a public-public partnership model in Scotland to replace the private greed and negligence of Carillion and its ilk
THE fallout from the Carillion collapse has only just begun. The immediate necessity is to ensure that wages and pensions are provided for those Carillion workers who don’t make it up the negligent top brass, and that infrastructure projects and privatised services are either taken in-house or new contractors are found quickly.