Roof damage prompts fresh safety concerns at Oxgangs school only two years after wall collapse
Pupils at Oxgangs Primary were kept inside after wind damaged the roof
SCHOOL CHILDREN were ordered inside at Oxgangs primary on Thursday (15 March) after wind damaged the school's roof, raising fresh concerns about pupil safety at the private finance school only two years after a report said “timing and luck” prevented deaths when a wall collapsed.
It is understood no pupils or staff were injured during the most recent incident, and the school remained open while the issue was fixed.
No more Carillions: how a new national company could lay groundwork for independence
A grassroots SNP campaign has called for an end to the involvement of companies like Carillion in public infrastructure projects
A GRASSROOTS campaign chaired by two former SNP MPs has launched to win party support for a Scottish National Infrastructure Company (SNIC) to replace private companies like Carillion in managing public contracts.
The group will campaign internally for a state-owned infrastructure company which would manage public contracts and remove the need for private financing in building projects such as schools and hospitals.
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.
Jim and Margaret Cuthbert: The mysterious tale of Edinburgh City Council and the shoddy PFI schools
Economists Jim and Margaret Cuthbert raise serious concerns about a refusal to release information to the public to protect commercial relationships
IN assessing any PFI deal, an examination of the financial modelling is critical, in particular, because it is in the financial modelling that the vitally important question of risk transfer comes in: who bears the risk of any problem?
Report - Public Procurement in Scotland: The case for scrutiny, accountability and transparency
Report calls for changes to Freedom of Information to increase openness and increased accountability from parliamentary committees of procurement, among other measures
THERE has been a “loss in public rights” from the approach the Scottish Government has pursued in procurement and the building of infrastructure, a new Common Weal report by economist Margaret Cuthbert has argued, calling for wide-ranging changes to ensure accountability and transparency.
Scottish PPP/PFI deals have the worst track record of all countries in the UK, says new report
Scotland labouring under the weight of the highest percentage of ‘problem PPP/PFI contracts’ in the UK
SCOTLAND has the highest percentage of buyouts, terminations or problem PPP/PFI contracts of any nation in the UK according to a new research paper produced this month.
New Report - Building Scotland's Future Now: A new approach to financing public investment
Report advocates combination of Scottish National Investment Bank and Scottish National Investment Company to lead new public investment strategy
A NEW public model for investment in Scotland’s infrastructure could be significantly cheaper and more sustainable than private financing, a new report by Common Weal has argued.
The report, ‘Building Scotland’s future now: A new approach to financing public investment’, can be read in full here.
Fanny Malinen: Here are the debts we shouldn't pay and why
Writer Fanny Malinen lays out the extent of Scotland's deep problem with local authority debt - and makes the case for getting rid of it
SCOTLAND'S local authority debt is illegal, illegitimate and odious, says a report by the Green Party, published in November.