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.
Threats, debt collectors and nervous terror: the reality of Council Tax in Scotland
With much rhetoric but little movement on local tax reform, CommonSpace takes a look at the pressures and problems the current Council Tax system can cause ordinary Scots
A LITTLE over ten years ago, a group of friends moved into a flat.
Tony Perridge: Austerity economics is lunacy - independence with a sovereign currency can offer an escape route
10 years since the crash: Where did banking go wrong, and how do we fix it?
10 years on from the financial crash, how Britain was brought to the brink of collapse
A DECADE on from the crash of 2008, major questions are still unanswered about how successive governments and global financial elites led Britain to the brink of financial ruin. How did they get it so wrong?
Analysis: New Zealand – the “billionaire bolthole” primed for a crash
With steady growth and a low public debt, the New Zealand model is alluring – but it doesn’t take much digging to find demons, Ben Wray finds
THE New Yorker ran a fascinating piece last year on how the world’s billionaires are dealing with their paranoia about an apocalyptic change (a revolution; environmental catastrophe; a pandemic - just something cataclysmic). To prepare for the worst, they took out “apocalypse insurance” – land in New Zealand.
Ben Wray: Jeremy Corbyn should abolish student debt – it’s time for a people's bailout
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal head of policy Ben Wray says student debt is contributing to Britain's zombie economy
THE UK press think they've got a new way to dampen youth enthusiasm for Jeremy Corbyn. They are banging on endlessly about a Corbyn U-turn on abolishing student debt.
The policy was not in the party’s manifesto, but Corbyn had said in an interview before the election that he would "deal with it" (although in the same interview he also said he didn't have "the simple answer for it at this stage").
Ben Wray: 10 things about 'the deficit' the No campaign won’t tell you
Common Weal head of policy Ben Wray explains why it's vital the Yes campaign gets its head around Scotland's deficit and kills the myths
EVERY DAY the No side fumes over an independent Scotland’s hypothetical government deficit - the difference between what the government spends and what it collects in revenue each year.
Scottish PPP/PFI deals have the worst track record of all countries in the UK, says new report
Scotland labouring under the weight of the highest percentage of ‘problem PPP/PFI contracts’ in the UK
SCOTLAND has the highest percentage of buyouts, terminations or problem PPP/PFI contracts of any nation in the UK according to a new research paper produced this month.