Analysis: The grim plight of austerity in Moray Council could be just the start unless big change comes to Local Government soon
Moray Council’s long list of services to be cut this year is a grim tale of woe – but it could be just the start of the pain for places like Moray where demographics are changing but local funding isn’t
SNP-RUN Moray Council is facing a financial crisis, and has turned to the answer locals fear most: cuts. Big cuts.
Council leader Graham Leadbitter has said £7.3 million in savings needs to be found if it’s 2019-20 budget is going to be legally eligible. If it doesn’t make the cuts, the Council claims it will have to declare itself bankrupt.
'We won't accept community vs community': Glasgow East End residents defend pool threatened with closure
Organisers of campaign to save swimming club say they will not accept "community versus community argument"
A DEFIANT meeting of local residents and swimming club members have pledged to resist the closure of sports facilities threatened by Glasgow City Council cuts.
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.
Development Councils - A Proposal For A New System Of Local Democracy In Scotland
Scotland has, by a wide margin, the worse degree of local democracy in Europe.
A new policy paper from Common Weal explores the lack of effectiveness and accountability of local democracy in Scotland and has developed a new proposal based on evidence gathered from extensive interviews with a wide range of individuals and organisations working in local democracy and community development throughout Scotland.
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.
Back to the blackboard: Education bill’s demise marks a chance for @ScotGov to reflect on its approach, experts say
Education experts say Tories’ ‘keenness’ for education bill may – and should – be cause for Scottish Government’s U-turn
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S decision to shelf its flagship Education Bill has been welcomed by education experts, who argue that important lessons must now be learnt on the government’s approach to education.
With workplace stress at a 16 year high, UNISON demands a new mental health strategy to tackle the effects of austerity
Union activists argue that years of austerity have led to a widespread worsening of poor mental health
WITH work-related stress at its highest rate in 16 years, the trade union UNISON has called for a new strategy to combat mental health issues in the workplace caused by the pressures of increasing workloads and UK Government austerity cuts.
'My name's on the ballot for IndyRef2 in the next 18 months': Chris McEleny on his SNP deputy bid
The Inverclyde councillor bidding to be Sturgeon's deputy told CommonSpace his name was on the ballot for #IndyRef2 in 18 months
A CANDIDATE to become Nicola Sturgeon's SNP deputy said his name was on the ballot to give members the chance to vote for a second independence referendum within the next 18 months, claiming the SNP was ready to campaign for independence now.