As new data shows @ScotGov running behind social housebuilding target, Shelter says its ‘promise must not be broken’
Housing Minister: “While we know this is an ambitious target, we have shown we can deliver on housing and we will continue to do so.”
HOMELESSNESS charity Shelter Scotland has warned the Scottish Government that it must not break its “promise to Scotland” of delivering 35,000 social houses between 2016-2021, as new data shows it has a long way to go to meet its target.
The statistics, published by the Scottish Government today [11 December] shows 5,340 social rented homes were delivered to September 2018, an increase of 19 per cent.
Analysis: With teachers and pupils suffering mental ill-health, its time for a total school re-think
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray looks at new figures on mental ill-health for pupils and teachers, and finds excessive exams is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the 20th century thinking which dominates the school system
Patrick Phillips: The relationship between citizen and state has to change at local level
Patrick Phillips, writer and artist, argues that the concept of Local Authorities needs to be totally overhauled, including linguistically, so that the relationship between citizen and state is re-born
I HAVE written previously for CommonSpace about how my mother and I were treated at a time of crisis in our lives by the local authority. We were facing an illegal eviction and corruption of council tax payment from our landlord.
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?’.
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.
'Total failure of a political ideology': SNP MP blasts outsourcing industry at #SNP18 fringe
Stephens, who sat on the UK Parliamentary Carillion Inquiry, also called for the break-up of the ‘big four’ auditors
GLASGOW SOUTH WEST SNP MP Chris Stephens told a fringe event at SNP annual conference that the outsourcing industry should disappear altogether, arguing that he has “never seen anything that was outsourced that’s led to a better service”.
The fringe event, hosted by the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, on Monday [9 October] evening, looked at “why companies fail?” in the context of the collapse of outsourcing giant Carillion in January.
Nicola Sturgeon announces government consultation on tourist tax
Andy Wightman: “The SNP government has been resisting a visitor charge for almost a decade and so it's no surprise that patience is wearing thin”
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon announced a government consultation on introducing a tax levied on tourists on Monday [1 October], after significant pressure from opposition parties and SNP Edinburgh council leader Adam McVey on the issue.