STUC and Common Weal call for Ferguson Marine nationalisation to be part of long-term public infrastructure strategy
Finance Minister Derek Mackay said a government cash injection to Ferguson Marine without nationalisation, as proposed by current owner Jim McColl, would be “illegal” under EU state aid rules
Gordon Morgan: Trump's no 1 priority in UK visit? Defeating China
Energy and technology writer Gordon Morgan says that the US is trying to stem China’s rise through levering its allies – which is why the beginning of 5G roll-out in the UK will be worrying Washington
LAST Thursday, ahead of most other countries, a 5G internet service was released in the UK by EE.
Jim Cuthbert: Scottish Futures Trust - time to disrupt some comfort zones
Jim Cuthbert, former civil servant and statistician, argues that a confluence of interests has created a comfort zone whereby the Scottish Government’s infrastructure quango, Scottish Futures Trust, is not accountable for its performance
THE Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) is recognised as a major initiative of the Scottish Government, and is responsible for delivering much of Scotland’s public infrastructure through mechanisms like its hub and Non Profit Distributing programmes.
Campaigners welcome Infrastructure Commission to look at establishing public Infrastructure Company
Scottish National Infrastructure Company could see companies like the now defunct Carillion and private banks cut out of future public building projects in Scotland
THE SNP has announced at its annual conference that the Scottish Government will look at establishing a Scottish National Infrastructure Company, as part of a new infrastructure commission.
‘No private interests in public works’: SNP Students endorse a Scottish National Investment Company
Ahead of party conference in Aberdeen, SNP student group condemns the system that empowered companies such as Carillion
THE SNP STUDENTS GROUP has announced their support for a resolution in favour of a Scottish National Infrastructure Company (SNIC) ahead of the SNP’s national conference in Aberdeen next week.
The resolution argues that “the current system of private companies being relied on to control and manage public contracts is, we believe, incredibly flawed and has failed to benefit the people of Scotland.
Common Weal calls for a Scottish National Infrastructure Company to replace Scottish Futures Trust
The Scottish Parliament will debate Scottish Futures Trust on Tuesday [14 March] afternoon
A NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANY could provide a new model for delivering public infrastructure and replace private-finance with 'public-public partnerships', Common Weal has argued ahead of a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Government’s approach to financing public infrastructure.
Carillion collapse: Is there a public alternative in Scotland?
Ben Wray, Common Weal head of policy, proposes a public-public partnership model in Scotland to replace the private greed and negligence of Carillion and its ilk
THE fallout from the Carillion collapse has only just begun. The immediate necessity is to ensure that wages and pensions are provided for those Carillion workers who don’t make it up the negligent top brass, and that infrastructure projects and privatised services are either taken in-house or new contractors are found quickly.