CS Special Week of Coverage on Scotland's Towns & Places
CommonSpace will be travelling to Dumfries, Motherwell and Ayr as part of a special week of coverage on Scotland’s towns and places
SCOTLAND’S towns are facing the double whammy of austerity and the rise of internet and out-of-town shopping.
Local authorities across Scotland are currently passing budgets with severe cuts to local services, including key aspects of community life: swimming pools, libraries and community centres.
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.