The CommonSpace Editorial Team
BBC's Douglas Fraser on TTIP: Idea that Americans know how to run Britain's health system 'laughable'
Writing for the BBC online, business and economy editor Douglas Fraser takes a look at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks.
He writes: "The idea that Americans know how to run Britain's health service more efficiently seems laughable. The US health system is in the global super-league for inefficiency.
"But that threat is for real, if you listen to critics of trade talks between the US and the European Union."
Our Generation's Lewis Baird: Scotland risks loss of talent if graduate programmes don't improve
Writing for Our Generation, 22-year-old Lewis Baird highlights the lack of opportunity in graduate programmes in Scotland, and warns there is a risk that young Scots will be forced to look elsewhere in the UK.
He writes: "There is something I keep noticing; all programmes I am applying for are based in the power and talent vacuum of Britain: London.
SNP face gender equality challenge for general election
The Scottish National Party needs a renewed focus on supporting women candidates, according to equality campaign groups.
Women for Independence and Women 50:50 have both called for the SNP to ensure a more equal balance of general election candidates in May.
A spokesperson for Women for Independence said that more needs to be done to encourage women to stand for election: "We welcome Nicola Sturgeon writing to our members encouraging more women to stand across all political parties. More has to be done.
For the many and not just the few
'For the many and not just the few'
I waited with bated breath for the Scottish Government announcement of the programme of government detailing exactly what would be on the agenda for the coming year. I was much heartened by the long overdue emphasis on land reform.
Poverty Alliance hits back at government benefits cap report
The Poverty Alliance has hit back at claims that the UK benefits cap is helping people get back into work.
Director of the Poverty Alliance in Scotland, Peter Kelly, spoke out after the Department of Work and Pensions released a series of reports analysing the progress of the benefits cap after one year of implementation.
Glasgow organisation The Invisibles to take over the Scotland reins of UK-wide homeless collection
Community organisation The Invisibles are set to take the Glasgow reins of one of the UK's biggest collection events in aid of the homeless community.
The Rucksack Project - which collects essential items for homeless people through donations submitted in rucksacks - has seen the greater Glasgow community, alongisde growing support from wider Scotland, contribute to around half of the total UK collections of life-saving goods, producing 4,000 of the 10,000 collected in 2013.
Huge increase in precarious work undermining workers rights, says TUC report
A new report by the TUC has outlined the stark reality of precarious work in the UK today, with those in agency work and zero-hours contracts frequently missing out on basic workers rights afforded to permanent employees, like statutory sick pay.
The report found that 39 per cent of workers on zero hour contracts do not earn enough to qualify for statutory sick pay, compared to eight per cent of permanent employees.
CommonSpace: New Scotland, New Media
Hello and welcome to CommonSpace!
If you haven't heard of us, in a nutshell we are a brand new digital news service in Scotland - with a twist. CommonSpace is also a social network, and over the next few days we'll be inviting a small sample of people to create an account and have a wander around the social space.
The next three days will also allow designers and developers to check the basic functionality of the website and get some feedback from our readers on what works and what doesn't.
Time to leave the Labour party after 35 years, says former STUC president Pat Kelly after Jim Murphy victory
"It looks like it's time to leave the Labour party," former STUC president and Scottish secretary of the PCS Union Pat Kelly has said following the election of Jim Murphy as the Scottish Labour leader.
Writing for the Scottish Left Project, Kelly spelled the end of his 35-year membership of Labour and described Murphy as "one of the most divisive figures in the Labour party". He added that the MP's Scottish Labour leader election was a "disappointment for the Labour Left and the trade unions".