Robin McAlpine: Me and RBS are over – Scotland needs a new bank
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine wants a bank fit to serve customers in the community, not corporations
IN 1990 I was about to go to university; it was time for my own bank account.
My dad took me to his branch where he'd banked for over 30 years, having made an appointment with the manager. The manager was an avuncular chap who immediately offered me a cup of tea.
Chris Cook: Homes for Scotland...without breaking the bank
Chris Cook, senior research fellow at the institute of security & resilience studies at the University College London and part of the Nordic Enterprise Trust in Linlithgow, speaks at Common Weal's Housekeeping Scotland Convention 07.10.2017 on alternative finance and housing.
Report - Scotland's National Bank: Central Banking in an independent Scotland
Paper explores development of Central Bank function over its history and its more interventionist role since the financial crisis
AN independent Scotland could establish a Central Bank with a stakeholder model of governance involving people from trade unions, industry, civic society and more.
The proposal is one of a number of ideas in a new paper for the White Paper Project, Common Weal’s development of a new case for Scottish independence, on a Scottish Central Bank.
Plans to move Scottish customers into separate company nothing to do with indyref vote, RBS claims
Scottish customers accounts transfered for “ring fencing” reasons
THE ROYAL Bank of Scotland (RBS) has rubbished claims it is taking precautions against a second independence referendum by moving Scottish customers into a separate subsidiary.
RBS has been transferring Scottish clients into a legal entity subsidiary company called Adam & Company as part of a restructuring process they revealed last year.
A report this weekend in The Times suggested RBS were moving Scottish customers in preparation of a yes vote for independence.
SNP back national investment bank strategy to boost Scotland’s economy #SNP17
Scottish National Investment Bank plan backed as alternative to “failed” private sector
A NATIONAL INVESTMENT BANK that puts public interests before private profit has won the support of the Scottish National Party.
Delegates at the party’s spring conference have unanimous backing to the policy, and the action of “examining the feasibility and the creation of a Scottish National Investment Bank”.
Questions raised over Scots comedian hosting of Ayrshire corporates at Trump resort
Ayrshire business line up to attend Trump gala with Karen Dunbar amid controversy
THE AYRSHIRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (ACC) will tonight (10 March) host alongside comedian Karen Dunbar, its inaugural meeting at Trump Turnberry the local resort of the controversial US President Donald J Trump.
Campaigners responded poorly to this news citing the president's many racial and gender based statements on the his campaign which was considered by political opponents and allies to be divisive.
Housing campaigners claim victory over banking giant through street protest
Immediate victory for Living Rent: Santander admits error on high rent mortgage clause
HOUSING JUSTICE CAMPAIGNERS have won an immediate victory by calling protests against corporate greed and high rents at Santander bank this weekend. (Saturday 18 February)
Activists from Living Rent in Scotland and Acorn in England planned simultaneous demos at Santander branches over a legal clause so landlords hiked “maximum” rents from cash strapped tenants.
'Protect Our Future': 4 steps Scotland can take to ditch the great private finance swindle
Campaign launched for public investment in the public interest
A NEW CAMPAIGN has been launched today (Monday 6 February) to get the Scottish Government to ditch its private finance schemes and replace the private infrastructure body, Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), with a state investment company.
Think tank calls for local ‘People’s Banks’ after closure of Scotland’s last independent
Airdrie Savings Bank closes its doors at the same time as closure of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank local branches
SCOTLAND’S last independent savings bank has closed its doors, prompting a Scottish think tank to call for the creation of new People’s Banks to provide socially useful aid to struggling businesses.
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