Parliamentary Unit: an introduction
We are very pleased to announce that the Common Weal parliamentary unit is now up and running.
We know from our previously published foundation report "Government By The People" that although Holyrood is vastly more accessible than Westminster, it is far from perfect.
The ability to pro actively engage with policy makers is essential if we want to successfully push a progressive policy agenda. This is how ideas are turned into reality on the ground. We aim to take policy ideas from the conceptual stage all the way through to being enacted and making a positive change.
How Scotland's laws are passed
How does the Scottish parliament make decisions about Scotland? One of its most important roles is passing laws. Let us break that process down for you.
On 25 November, Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the Scottish government's plans for 2014-15. Among them were 12 new laws for Scotland including proposals on land reform and higher education.
Each law will be written following debates and discussion. The bill is a written document made up of legal statements. Once the bill is passed it becomes an 'Act of the Scottish parliament'.
What is a think-and-do tank?
The goal of the policy unit is to help create a more innovative, prosperous, socially just society: and a society where citizens are empowered to explore creative alternatives to status quo.
The past two years have generated an unprecedented level of political engagement. It is our task to galvanize this incredible energy and continue to strive to normalise progressive ideas.
New Report: The Economics of Shale Gas Extraction
New Common Weal report challenges widely held assumption that Shale Gas Extraction will be economically lucrative
THE economics of fracking are highly vulnerable to global gas prices and may actually cost more in public subsidies than they generate in tax revenue or even profits, a new report by Common Weal has argued.
#SP16 Spotlight on Housing: The Cost of Housing
Common Weal Policy continue our Spotlight on Housing election briefing sheets, with researcher Leah Aaron looking at the cost of housing for those with mortgages and renters in Scotland
DESPITE the UK economy's sluggish pace in recent years, the cost of housing has continued to rise sharply. We tend to think of housing unaffordability as mostly a problem for London and the Southeast, but it is increasingly an issue in the North & Scotland too; Glasgow saw some of the fastest rent rises in the country in 2015, according to the property website zoopla.
#SP16 Spotlight on Housing: Social Housing
Continuing our series of briefing sheets on housing in the run-up to the Scottish elections, researcher Rona MacNicol looks at the position of social housing in Scotland post right-to-buy, and what role it could play in Scotland's housing mix in the future
#SP16 Spotlight on Housing: The Housing Stock
To kick-off a new Common Weal Policy pre-election series on housing, Leah Aaron looks at Scotland's existing housing stock and poses some possible solutions as well as questions for those standing to be our elected representatives in May
COMMON WEAL Policy introduces a new series of briefing sheets in the run-up to the Scottish elections on housing. We believe this issue is at the heart of the problems with Britain's me-first economy, and requires closer scrutiny than it currently receives in Scottish politics.
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