Challenging Poverty: Scottish Government 'must do more' with devolved powers
New research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds that changing poverty levels are largely the result of UK policies — but the Scottish Government has the power to act
A REPORT published this week by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on ‘Poverty in Scotland 2019’ has called for “more ambition and action” from the Scottish Government to address rising poverty levels.
SCOTIA show 2 on precarious work
Campaign group Better than Zero featured in second edition of SCOTIA
SCOTIA is a new live audience show hosted by journalists Robert J Somynne and Michael Gray, alongside film-maker Phantom Power Films.
The second show examines precarious work.
Watch the first show on the housing crisis here.
Public reporting will not shift pay gap, experts warn
Campaigners suggest deeper cultural change required to end pay inequality
MOST EMPLOYERS will fail to take any action on pay gap figures, employment equality charity Close the Gap has said.
In line with new UK-wide regulations, private and third sector organisations with over 250 employees were required to report on their gender pay gap by 4 April, and the figures reveal that men continue to earn more than women in many sectors.
Taking control of labour and land: Housing and workers' rights campaigners join forces
Living Rent and Better Than Zero collaboration launched to make connections between unstable work and housing
A PROGRAMME OF events in Glasgow and Edinburgh this March aims to raise awareness and develop strategies for taking control of labour, land and housing in response to the trend of “precarious living that is wearing down a generation”.
Offshore windfarm projected to bring 2000 jobs to Scotland
A study from the Fraser of Allander Institute indicates a new windfarm off the coast of Fife could boost employment, but the project faces legal challenge from RSPB
A NEW STUDY from the Fraser of Allander Institute has reported that the proposed Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore windfarm project could support 2,000 jobs for every year of its estimated four-year construction, as well an average of 236 further jobs annually throughout the project’s lifespan.
Show Me The Money tackles the financial struggles of those in the creative industries
CommonSpace theatre critic Tara Fitzpatrick reviews Paula Varjack's take on the thorny issue of trying to finance making a living in the arts
SHOW ME THE MONEY is a performance and personal discussion by writer and theatre maker Paula Varjack about working in a creative industry and the value we place upon it.
Specifically, the play is about money, or rather the lack of it within creative fields and the struggles this presents for people who try to make a living in the arts.
Ben Wray: A Scottish currency to deliver full employment should be new independence clarion call
Ben Wray, Common Weal head of policy, argues that the independence movement needs a completely new economic agenda which throws out deficit-obsessed economics and prioritises a Scottish currency to deliver real full employment
THE yes movement, and the yes case, is in a malaise and in dire need of an injection of new ideas and energy.
It’s hardly necessary to waste time justifying this statement, one just has to log-in to Twitter and bear witness to the movement eating itself (I’d recommend not bothering…).