3 Scottish councils could save over £1 billion by refinancing ‘Lobo’ loans, research finds
RBS has indicated it is “open to discussions” about loan re-financing after agreeing to new terms with Kent and Northamptonshire councils
SCOTLAND’S three largest councils could collectively save over £1 billion by re-financing controversial high interest ‘Lobo’ loans, researchers have found.
Judy Wilkinson: Councils are failing to give Grow Your Own allotment groups the support they need to thrive
Judy Wilkinson, allotments campaigner, says that the framework is there for local authorities to support a flourishing of allotment groups in every area, but there is not currently the impetus to make it happen
‘Demand for allotments shoots up but gardeners face 90 year waiting list’. ‘Scotland’s allotments are plotting a revolution’. ‘What would you like to do after work?’.
Podcast: How would community level democracy work?
New report proposes a system of local democracy whereby the “size and shape of each new democratic area should be defined by communities themselves through a participatory process”
COMMONSPACE editor Ben Wray speaks to Common Weal head of policy & research Dr Craig Dalzell about the think-tank's new paper on restructuring local democracy titled 'Development Councils - A Proposal For A New System Of Local Democracy In Scotland'.
Issues discussed include:
- Why should we care about local democracy?
RBS accused of committing a “fraud on the people” over LOBO loans at AGM
Campaigners call on local authorities, including Edinburgh City Council, to take action against the loans and ensure hundreds of millions are saved for local taxpayers
RBS has been accused of committing a “fraud over the people” and seeking to extract the “maximum interest possible” from local authorities struggling with austerity cuts due to the role the bank places in LOBO loans.
Victory for Glasgow women workers as court orders £50m payout by city council
Unions call on new Glasgow administration to fulfil ruling on £50m boon
WOMEN SEEKING JUSTICE from Glasgow City Council (GCC) for exclusion from bonus payments and the chance for equal pay over decades won a major battle in the Court of Session this week.
The court ordered GCC to pay the female council workers their share of a £50 million windfall after a legal ruling over equal pay.
Yesterday (Tuesday 30 May) the ruling found in favour of over 6,000 claimants who brought their case supported by public sector trade unions.
Divest¦Reinvest: Scottish Council Pensions for a future worth living in
Common Weal, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Unison Scotland paper shows billions could be accessed for socially and environmentally useful investment projects
SCOTTISH Pension funds hold a £1.7bn stake in fossil fuel companies driving unsustainable carbon emissions, money that could be re-invested into green energy and housing while still securing solid financial returns, a new report has argued.
SNP council tax plans passed and censured by Scottish Parliament
Rich will pay slightly more - but regressive tax stays in place
THE END of the council tax freeze was met with criticism in the Scottish Parliament last night [Thursday 3 November] as opposition MSPs called on the government to go further to reform the system of local taxation.
SNP plans to alter the top four bands and allow limited council control on rates, was passed overwhelming - but only after wording criticising the plans was included in the official motion.
Council tax set to change as parties agree system is "discredited"
Cross party report support reform of local taxation system
THE COMMISSION on local tax reform, backed by Scotland's main political parties, has called for an end to the current council tax system in favour of a new "progressive" alternative.
Releasing its final report after months of research and evidence gathering, the report stated: "The present council tax system must end."