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Scottish National Investment Bank must have a guaranteed ‘public good’ mission
Common Weal has proposed a ‘stakeholder’ governance structure made up of a diverse cross-section of the economy
THE Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB) must have a series of ‘public good’ mission guarantees to prevent it ever becoming a typical for-profit bank, Common Weal has argued in its submission to the public consultation on the implementation of the new bank.
New data shows the cost of private renting has got “out of control” in Scotland
Rents risen by one-third in Glasgow and Edinburgh since 2010
The Common Weal think-tank has responded to new data showing private rent costs continuing to rise in Scotland by calling for “serious action” from local authorities and the Scottish Government to make housing affordable and deal with "out of control" costs.
Common Weal guidance document for responding to Scottish National Investment Bank Consultation
Guidance document to support independent submissions to consultation
THE public consultation on the implementation plan of the Scottish National Investment Bank closes on 20 November. You can access the consultation here.
Investigate accountancy firms supporting tax avoidance in Scotland and suspend any new Scottish Government contracts
SNP 2016 election manifesto stated it would not give public procurement contracts to firms involved in tax dodging
COMMON WEAL and one of Britain’s leading tax experts have called on the Scottish Government to investigate the appropriateness of giving contracts to accountancy firms supporting tax avoidance activities in Scotland, in light of new Paradise Papers revelations on Tuesday 7 November.
Paul Farrell on the West Whitlawburn housing co-operative
Paul Farrell, Director of the West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative, speaks at the Housekeeping Scotland Convention 08.10.17 on the story of West Whitlawburn and why he believes co-ops is the way forward for housing in Scotland.
Chris Cook: Homes for Scotland...without breaking the bank
Chris Cook, senior research fellow at the institute of security & resilience studies at the University College London and part of the Nordic Enterprise Trust in Linlithgow, speaks at Common Weal's Housekeeping Scotland Convention 07.10.2017 on alternative finance and housing.
Report - Scotland's National Bank: Central Banking in an independent Scotland
Paper explores development of Central Bank function over its history and its more interventionist role since the financial crisis
AN independent Scotland could establish a Central Bank with a stakeholder model of governance involving people from trade unions, industry, civic society and more.
The proposal is one of a number of ideas in a new paper for the White Paper Project, Common Weal’s development of a new case for Scottish independence, on a Scottish Central Bank.
Richard Murphy: How tax created housing inequality and what to do about it
Tax economist Professor Richard Murphy spoke at Common Weal’s Housekeeping Scotland Convention on 8 October about tax and housing inequality. Watch the video of his speech, and read the notes the speech was based on below (first published on Richard’s blog Tax Research UK)
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