Analysis: Rising Council Tax will be another squeeze on low-income Scots
Even increases in the most inexpensive Council Tax bands could threaten the financial stability of those living precariously, Sean Bell finds
COUNCIL TAX, infamously, doesn’t care how much – or little – money you make.
Global inequality report spurs demands for Scottish and UK governments to take action
Poverty Alliance calls on UK Government to immediately end the benefits freeze, and for the Scottish Government to bring forward the promised income supplement
- Oxfam report on world inequality found that the global super-rich are hiding $7.6 trillion from tax authorities
- The UK-based charity has urged national governments to raise taxes on the wealthy and increase investment in public services
WATCH: A student village by stealth? The impact of student accommodations on community
In this video, CommonSpace journalist Rhiannon Davies explores the impact of purpose built student accommodation on communities in the West End.
After a recent planning decision was overturned, giving the go-ahead for developers to build an additional 45 flats in Yorkhill, community campaigners have accused Glasgow City Council of creating “a student village by stealth”.
Scottish Labour distance themselves from John McDonnell on tax cuts for higher earners
As SNP mock shadow chancellor’s lack of defiance to Tory tax cuts, Richard Leonard says raising the higher rate threshold “should not be a priority for the Scottish Government”
RICHARD LEONARD has attempted to distance Scottish Labour from shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s recent insistence that Labour would not oppose Tory tax cuts for higher earners announced in this week’s budget, instead arguing that raising the higher rate threshold “should not be a priority” in Scotland.
'Socialism or barbarism': Scottish Greens conference opens with call for 'system change'
Patrick Harvie: “Cancel Brexit and stop this mess”
THE Scottish Greens conference has begun with a call for socialist transformation to create an economy “that puts people and planet ahead of profit”.
Maggie Chapman, co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, outlined a radical vision for “system change not climate change”, saying that the present democratic structures were “the institutions of a dying world” and called on Greens to throw “moderation” to the way side.
INTERVIEW: With Patrick Harvie MSP, co-convenor of the Scottish Greens
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray spoke to Scottish Greens co-convenor and Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie ahead of the party’s annual conference on 20-21 October.
It was a chance to discuss the vision of the Scottish Greens, the role of regulatory changes in reducing carbon intensive consumption habits, the EU single market, local tax reform, the Greens’ strategic ambitions and more.