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.
Analysis: Have the Greens got enough bang for their buck with their #ScotBudget deal?
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray looks at whether the Scottish Greens have won enough in their Budget agreement with the Scottish Government
THE Scottish Government is set to pass its 2019/20 Budget after securing the backing of the Scottish Greens, after days of wrangling.
The spotlight has been on whether the Greens have got serious enough concessions to their agenda to warrant passing the Budget, and on that the jury is very much out.
Robin McAlpine: This is a chance for Holyrood to be better than Westminster – so why isn't it happening?
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine says compromise to agree a Scottish Budget would be a great signal that Scotland still has a shared project – but that opportunity may have been blown
THE problems the SNP seems to be having getting its budget through is a valuable reminder of something we've forgotten in Scotland – our democracy was designed with the expectation of at least a degree of 'togetherness'. We would all do well to remember it.
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