Commissioned Paper: Health and Inequality
As part of the launch of Common Weal policy unit, we will be encouraging people to commission papers on a range of topics. Whilst these papers are not Common Weal policy, they are designed to instigate dialogue and act as a foundation for which policy can stem from.
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.
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.