Common Weal Policy
Hinkley Point C and Trident - the link between the Tories' two mad nuclear policies
Gordon Morgan explores the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant deal between the UK and China, and finds on almost every score - cost, safety, consumer price, design, legality - the deal is an irrational one, which leaves just one possible rational kernel - that it is connected to the Tories other mad nuclear policy; Trident renewal
FOR a Government avowedly committed to "balancing the books", supporting business and maintaining national security, the Tories have a knack for indulging in policies which undermine all three of these goals.
Fuel Poverty: Why Our Power Energy should be on the tip of our frozen tongues this winter
Ben Wray looks at the issue of fuel poverty as winter approaches, and argues that new not-for-profit energy supplier Our Power Energy could provide a model for challenging corporate power in more than just the energy sector
AS November begins it's getting colder, and for most of us that means scarf and gloves when we leave the house, and when we get back in sticking the radiator on straight away. But there's many, far too many, in Scotland who can't afford to stick the radiator on, or at least not for long enough to keep the cold out.
Left Scotland: On the ScotPound and alternative digital currencies
A new report by NEF and Common Weal, ScotPound: Digital Money for the Common Good, outlines the case for a Scottish Government backed complementary currency
Duncan McCann, lead researcher of the ScotPound report , explains the idea in this Left Scotland 'big ideas' video.
Early Learning and Childcare Policy Lab: 21 September
Professor of childhood inclusion John Davis and freelance researcher Jamie Mann explain the thinking behind the second Common Weal Policy Lab on Early Learning and Childcare, which will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh on 21 September
Policy Lab report: Innovating our education for all
This is an initial working paper of a Common Weal Policy Lab on education. It will be developed further based on feedback from those involved in the Lab and others
"We do not need another policy paper. We need a manifesto for change"
Participant, Common Weal Policy Lab on Education, 7 August 2015
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
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