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"Why speculate when you can calculate?" - committee recommendations can help fix Scotland's data desert
Common Weal head of research Craig Dalzell looks at the final report of a Scottish Parliament consultation into economic data in Scotland, which closely reflects Common Weal’s recent paper on the subject
"Why speculate when you can calculate?" - John Baez, American mathematical physicist
Report: Renewables Scotland 2030
The paper focuses on four key areas: energy infrastructure, electric vehicles, autonomous distribution and shipping.
A SCOTTISH National Energy Company should seek to emulate German and Nordic approaches by delivering not-for-profit renewable energy with strong municipal control, a new Common Weal paper argues.
Scotland's Data Desert: The case for a Scottish Statistics Agency
The paper has been welcomed by the former Scottish Office Chief Statistician, Jim Cuthbert
ESTABLISHING an independent Scottish Statistics Agency (SSA) could provide a significant boost to the economic management of the country, a report published by Common Weal has argued.
‘Scotland’s Data Desert: The Case for a Scottish Statistics Agency’ is authored by Common Weal head of research Dr Craig Dalzell, and can be read in full here.
Public Land Value Capture: A new model for housing development in Scotland
Submission to Planning Bill stage 1 consultation
THE Scottish Government should change Planning laws so that the public-sector captures the uplift in land value that is derived from public investment in the land to finance a new generation of public housebuilding in Scotland, Common Weal has argued.
‘Public Land Value Capture: A new model for housing development in Scotland’ can be accessed in full here.
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.
Report: Towards a Defence & Security strategy for an independent Scotland
Paper looks at the new defence & security institutions an independent Scotland would need and how much they would cost to establish
AN independent Scotland should have a ‘triple-lock’ on going to war, a new paper on defence and security after independence has argued.
Common Weal comments on Scottish Draft Budget
Common Weal comment on tax, housing, local government, Scottish National Investment Bank and public-sector pay
THE Common Weal think-tank has commented on the Scottish Government's draft budget for 2018/19.
Commenting on the changes to the income tax system, Craig Dalzell head of research stated:
Report: A Scottish Approach to Immigration post-Brexit
Paper welcomed by STUC and Unison Scotland
DEVOLVING immigration and employment law together can give Scotland the opportunity to create a workers rights-based approach to immigration post-Brexit that benefits all workers.
The idea is one of a series of proposals in ‘A Scottish Approach to Immigration Post-Brexit’, authored by researcher Mark Butterly, which can be accessed in full here.
New revelations show the Scottish Government has questions to answer about closeness to property developer lobby
Ben Wray: "The Scottish Government appear to be reliant on the lobbyist for evidence to justify policy which its most wealthy members benefit from directly"
THE Common Weal think-tank has argued that the Scottish Government has to answer a number of questions about its closeness to the property developer lobby in Scotland, after new revelations by the investigatory journalist group The Ferret.
Report: Preparing Scotland digitally for independence
Paper examines digital transition upon Scottish independence
NEW IT systems for an independent Scotland would cost about £1.25bn and could be implemented over a three-year transition period, but can be built in such a way that avoids previous pitfall’s in proprietary-software and can recoup income through revenue from optimal digital systems in for instance Customs and Central Banking.
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