STUC calls for moratorium on outsourcing
The STUC has joined calls for a “root and branch” review of public sector outsourcing.
THE SCOTTISH TRADES UNION CONGRESS (STUC) has welcomed the call for a “halt” to the involvement of the private sector within public sector contracts after a report published by a public policy think-tank.
Independent think-tank the Smith Institute has published a report calling for a review of the involvement of the private sector with public sector contracts through outsourcing.
Living Rent protests “secret” Edinburgh Council meeting
Dozens protest Edinburgh council meeting branded “secretive.”
TENANTS UNION Living Rent held an emergency protest outside the City of Edinburgh Council chambers on Monday as Councillors met with a delegation from the holiday-let company Airbnb.
Airbnb met with Council officials ahead of the publication of a report into the impact of short-term lets in the capital. Living Rent say their members were excluded from earlier talks on the report and have expressed concern about the influence of large companies on the housing market.
Leonard delivers first major speech as Scottish Labour leader
Richard Leonard has set out his priorities as leader in the first major speech of his leadership
SCOTTISH LABOUR’S new leader Richard Leonard has announced a “Tax and Investment Commission” at a keynote speech in Dundee, as well as announcing the party’s “Budget for Real Change” which will be published by the party in the coming days.
Chaired by Professor Christine Cooper, the Tax and Investment Commission announced by Leonard will be tasked with “looking at how we can secure a fair division of the nation’s wealth”.
Edinburgh rents are third most expensive in UK
Tenants union Living Rent set to hold annual conference in Edinburgh as report reveals the city has third highest rents
SCOTLAND’S TENANTS UNION Living Rent is to hold the organisations’ second annual conference in Edinburgh on Saturday after analysis by jobs site CV-Library revealed Edinburgh was the third most expensive place to rent in the UK.
ANALYSIS: Carillion tip of private iceberg crippling the NHS and public services, experts warn
Economists and procurement experts tell Commonspace Carillion is “tip of the iceberg.”
THE Carillion collapse is simply the “tip of the iceberg” of poor public sector procurement practices, according to two top economists.
Construction and management services giant Carillion formally entered liquidation earlier this week, casting doubt over the completion of current public sector projects. The company’s collapse has also raised questions about its domination in the delivery and management of public contracts.
Home Office to deport humanist for not naming ancient Greek philosophers
The Home Office will deport a man because they think his inability to name ancient Greek philosophers shows that he is not a Humanist
THE HOME OFFICE has rejected a claim for asylum by Pakistani man, Hamza bin Walayat, an ex-Muslim, who failed to identify ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristole.
The man has been subject to death threats from his family.
Victory for women workers as council agrees to equal pay proposals
Glasgow City Council agreed not to pursue a legal challenge after a decade-long equal pay dispute
AN EMERGENCY MEETING of the Glasgow City council’s administration committee unanimously agreed to settle the pay dispute and not challenge a legal ruling which said pay structures created in 2006 were discriminatory.
Around 6000 predominantly low-paid women workers are thought to be affected by the decision, which could cost up to £500m to resolve.
SNP: Scottish Tory MPs' "13 votes of betrayal"
Tories under fire for failure to back devolution amendment to EU Withdrawal Bill
THE SNP HAS accused Scottish Tory MPs of an “abdication of duty” to protect the devolution settlement after a Commons vote on a Labour and SNP backed amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill.
Scottish Conservative MPs have voted against an amendment to Clause 11 of the EU withdrawal bill which protected the devolution settlement.
Government pressed on Get It Minuted transparency campaign
Freedom of Information campaign “Get It Minuted” to be raised at FMQs
SCOTTISH LABOUR MSP Monica Lennon will quiz the first minister on Thursday after the launch of the Get It Minuted campaign by transparency campaigners, criticising a “failure to minute Scottish Government meetings”.
Dundee researcher to lead talk on decade of cancer prevention
A world-leading cancer researcher will deliver a public talk on a “decade of cancer prevention research.”
PROFESSOR ANNIE Anderson, from Dundee Universities School of Medicine, will deliver the talk at “Café Science” in Dundee, outlining what has been learned from a decade of cancer prevention research and the daily steps people can take to prevent cancer.
Started in 2008, Café Science aims to give the public accessible information from local experts on the ground-breaking scientific research being carried out at the Universities of Dundee and Abertay.
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