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.
Ten Common Weal policies to help mitigate climate change now
The International Panel on Climate Change has published a special report on the impacts of global warming surpassing 1.5oC above pre-industrial baseline levels.
This report details the current projections for the world if we continue to ignore the magnitude of the climate change problems ahead for the world as well as strategic pathways for limiting warming below that 1.5oC threshold.
Report: Data Protection and Democracy
The recent revelations about the impact of the misuse of data on our lives and on our democracies has been highlighted by a new report by Common Weal
Analysis: 4 key policy challenges Nicola Sturgeon faces after the Programme for Government
CommonSpace poses the big questions the First Minister faces on her domestic agenda following her Programme for Government
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon’s Programme for Government announced yesterday [4 September] saw a new focus on mental health and plans to raise infrastructure investment up to the EU average.
Craig Dalzell: The Programme for Government is fine, but unambitious
Craig Dalzell, head of policy & research at the Common Weal think-tank, examines the policy content of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, announced today [4 September], finding it to be generally unobjectionable but also falling short of its potential
IT’S DIFFICULT to find anything in the Government’s propositions for the next twelve months that I actually object to. Most of it is fine, but almost all of it falls short of its potential.
Common Weal is hiring – This is your opportunity to work with us to build a Common Weal Scotland
This is your opportunity to work with us to build a Common Weal Scotland
WE ARE RECRUITING a new Policy Officer and a new Campaigns Officer to join the ambitious Common Weal team as we continue to develop policy ideas and campaigns that we believe can transform Scotland into the best society, economy and culture it can possibly be.
Robin McAlpine: Welcome to nowhere – I think you'll like it
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says that while big banking executives may be frightened by an approach to public policy which comes from ‘nowhere’, grassroots and transparent popular policy could be revolutionary
IT’S been a good week for Common Weal, and perhaps the highlight was when I got the text last Friday night to say that after a great targeted campaign by the team we, alongside our grassroots partners in the SNP, successfully got a motion to support a National Infrastructure Company onto the provisional agenda for the SNP Spring conference.
Nationalise childcare service to meet free places ambition, campaigners say
A radical change to the early years system is needed to offer an “equal start”, Unison and Common Weal have argued
FOLLOWING THE publication of an Audit Scotland report indicating that the Scottish Government is unlikely to meet its 2020 target of doubling access to funded childcare from 15 hours to 30, public sector trade union Unison and think tank Common Weal have renewed calls for a national public sector early years service.
Concerns raised over proposals which could see trainee teachers in classrooms after 5 week training course
Scottish Labour slam proposed scheme to “fast-track” teachers into classrooms
CONCERNS have been raised after it emerged that student teachers could be working in Scottish classrooms after a five week fast-track course.
The proposals would potentially see trainee teachers attend a Scottish Summer Institute (SSI) that would be set up to combat rising vacancies after a recommendation was made by education charity Teach First (TF).
TF have already held talks with The Education Secretary and Deputy First Minister John Swinney on the issue.