Rhiannon Sims: People can't afford to live in their own cities - it's time to tackle housing inequality
Rhiannon Sims, Policy and Research Adviser at Oxfam Scotland, marks Scottish Housing Day by calling for housing to be treated not just as an asset but as a human right, ahead of the launch of a documentary on housing inequality this week
HOUSING is more than just an asset: it is a human right. It is something everyone needs, but not everyone has.
When we’ve asked people in Scotland what matters most to them, access to a secure and affordable home is top of the list. Without it, people’s chances of escaping poverty are massively reduced.
3 ways Scotland's personal debt problems are getting worse - and 3 ways to address it
StepChange Scotland identifies Council Tax arrears and debt driven by welfare cuts as national problems in its shocking new report. CommonSpace takes you through its key conclusions.
PROBLEM DEBT afflicts hundreds of thousands across Scotland and must be made a priority for the Scottish Government, the charity StepChange Scotland have declared following their release of a damning new report.
Analysis: Rising Council Tax will be another squeeze on low-income Scots
Even increases in the most inexpensive Council Tax bands could threaten the financial stability of those living precariously, Sean Bell finds
COUNCIL TAX, infamously, doesn’t care how much – or little – money you make.
Analysis: The grim plight of austerity in Moray Council could be just the start unless big change comes to Local Government soon
Moray Council’s long list of services to be cut this year is a grim tale of woe – but it could be just the start of the pain for places like Moray where demographics are changing but local funding isn’t
SNP-RUN Moray Council is facing a financial crisis, and has turned to the answer locals fear most: cuts. Big cuts.
Council leader Graham Leadbitter has said £7.3 million in savings needs to be found if it’s 2019-20 budget is going to be legally eligible. If it doesn’t make the cuts, the Council claims it will have to declare itself bankrupt.
Analysis: Will the Greens back the Scottish Government’s status quo Scottish Budget?
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray analyses yesterday’s draft Scottish Government budget, and looks at whether Finance Minister Derek Mackay’s attempt to position it in the centre-ground will win him parliamentary allies
MOST people aren’t paying much attention to the Scottish Budget this year, even the small minority who usually do pay attention to it. What with the severe crisis at Westminster, Holyrood’s finances aren’t getting much of a look in.
We’ve got news for you budget slackers – you aren’t missing much.
Analysis: Scrapping Council Tax, not tweaking Income Tax, should be the progressive test of next week's Scottish Budget
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray looks ahead to the Scottish Budget next week, and finds a choice for Finance Minister Derek Mackay – take wealth inequality seriously and scrap the Council Tax, or continue with the “don’t scare the middle classes” government-by-tweak politics
SINCE the devolution of Income Tax, there is now a common dynamic in the run-up to a Scottish Budget, which will be announced by Finance Minister Derek Mackay next Wednesday [12 December].
Scottish Government attributes record low in Council Tax Reduction claims to an ‘improving economy’
The Scottish Government will launch a 2019 campaign to encourage people to apply for benefits and discounts they may be eligible for
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has argued that a record low in the number of Scottish people claiming Council Tax Reduction may be due to an improving economy and the implementation of Universal Credit, following criticism from Scottish Labour.