Robin McAlpine: Stopping another Carillion scandal requires a public solution to a private problem, and this is it
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine outlines how the culture of private management of public projects and services could be changed
TODAY'S Scotsman has an article from Bill Jamieson making the argument that the Carillion collapse is regrettable but that the only solution is to let 'capitalism' fix the problem.
The UK Government and private sector produce an asylum services system that "humiliates and degrades"
Patrick Harvie has called on the Scottish Government to back a public sector bid for asylum services
PATRICK HARVIE has reiterated calls for the Scottish Government to enter a public sector bid for support services for asylum seekers in Scotland.
This follows recent criticism of both the UK Government and private sector involvement in asylum services by the Scottish Refugee Council.
Ben Wray: How the explosion of the Chinese middle class will change the West
Common Weal head of policy Ben Wray explores why a friend of his has better prospects as a teacher in China than in Scotland's public sector
A GOOD FRIEND of mine is leaving Glasgow next month to move to China. I had never even heard of the city she is moving to, but it turns out that Heifei has a population about the size of London, at just under eight million people.
MSP pay packet set to rise but public sector cap remains
MSP salaries will increase by 2.7 per cent from April next year despite public sector pay freeze
HOLYROOD'S MSPs will receive a 2.7 per cent pay increase starting from April next year, which the parliament says is in line with public sector pay rises across the country - however civil servants and NHS worker salaries are still capped.
STUC boss: @scotgov standardised testing will not improve attainment
Grahame Smith focuses on Scottish Government reform's of public services in speech to STUC women's conference
THE GENERAL SECRETARY of the STUC, Grahame Smith, has told the annual national trade union body's annual women's conference that the SNP's new plans to introduce standardised testing will not improve pupil performance.
MPs get 10% pay rise one week after UK Government announced four-year public sector pay freeze
Downing Street source: Whether prime minister will give pay increase to charity a "personal matter"
THE Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) has confirmed that MPs' will get a 10 per cent pay rise this year raising their income to PS74,000, just one week after Chancellor George Osborne announced a four-year one per cent pay rise for public sector-workers, which after inflation is an effective pay freeze.