Programme for Government: Analysis from Social Policy perspective
Professor Paul Spicker, a social policy expert at Robert Gordon University, provides a brief assessment of the Scottish Government's Programme for Government, looking in particular at policy challenges Nicola Sturgeon's government will face with the limited welfare powers it is set to receive through the Scotland Bill
Health and happiness: Why Sport should be a long-term priority for the Scottish Government
Callum Macdonald, as part of research work for Common Weal's soon to be published book of ideas, makes the case for increased funding for Sport in Scotland, outlining a series of policy recommendations based on the idea that the long-term benefits of a healthier and happier population engaging in physical activity out weigh short-term costs
Divest and reinvest: 6 local governments that are innovating for sustainability
Re-published with permission from the Friends of the Earth Scotland blog, Stuart Anderson looks at six examples of local councils across the UK that are divesting their pension funds from unethical companies and putting their investment into socially useful industries
The game is "rigged": Why Scotland has to escape the UK energy market to fulfil its green energy potential
Gordon Morgan provides a comprehensive critique of EU, UK and Scottish Government energy policy, and argues that only by breaking from the UK energy market can Scotland ensure security of energy supply and fulfill its enormous green energy potential
Video: How Scotland can protect itself from GCHQ spying by going open source
Common Weal's first Policy video introducing new report
IN this video Alistair Davidson, author of 'Scottish Sovereignty in the age of Mass Surveillance', introduces the new Common Weal report, explaining why Scotland should needs to implement an open source transition plan.
NEF Economics Briefing: 'People's QE' explained
NEF senior economist James Meadway explains 'people's quantitative easing', the economic policy of favourite to be Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, to use printing of Bank of England money to support new infrastructure projects
THE New Economics Foundation (NEF) produce a weekly economics briefing. This week James Meadway looks at People's quantitative easing.
'House of Lords: Fact vs Fiction': New report
Prime Minister's new plans to increase House of Lords will cost an extra PS1.3m per year, while size of House of Commons being reduced
PRIME MINISTER David Cameron is set to announce new plans to added an extra 50 peers to the House of Lords. A new report by the Electoral Reform Society has analysed the House of Lords, looking at five key areas:
"Imagine a school system where...": Common Weal's first 'Policy Lab'
Common Weal communications officer Katie Gallogly-Swan reports on the first 'Policy Lab', bringing together academics with those who work in the field to come up with collaborative policy solutions
IMAGINE a school system where education is defined as the nurturing of the whole individual, and where success is not the row of letters attributed to you by arbitrary assessments.
Where teacher innovation is celebrated and sustained, and schools become hubs for the whole community to participate in learning and to attenuate inequality.