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The Common Weal Policy Podcast – Episode #1

Common Weal is piloting a new weekly Policy Podcast which will explain our policies, discuss…

The Common Weal Policy Podcast – Full Playlist

Welcome to the Common Weal Policy Podcast Playlist. You can find here, in one handy…

The Rent Controls Scotland Needs

This paper makes the case for national rent controls and outlines the problems with the current system of rent pressure zones which have so far been inadequate at preventing the problems high rents and rent insecurity in Scotland.Instead, rent controls could be designed around a points-based system links to the quality and amenities of a […]

Powering Our Ambitions

Common Weal calls for the Scottish Government to launch a National Energy Company and a Scottish Energy Development Agency.These bodies would work together to rapidly and strategically decarbonise Scotland’s energy network whilst also supporting community energy projects and developing the new skills and technologies Scotland – and the world – will need to face the […]

Disruptive Technologies

Automation and other disruptive technologies are being rapidly deployed into economies and planning is required to adapt economic policies so as to avoid job losses.This paper by engineer and independent Common Weal researcher Craig Berry examines the impact of these disruptive technologies and offers solutions that will protect workers and allow Scotland to capture the […]

Energy Performance Certificates: An Alternative Approach

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are deeply flawed and do not present and accurate or useful picture of building energy efficiency to buyers and tenants.This paper by Dr Keith Baker and Dr Ron Mould of the Common Weal Energy Working Group proposes an alternative framework based not on statistically modelling energy efficiency but by directly measuring […]

Back to Life: Visions for Alternative Futures for Scotland’s Grouse Moors

Almost one fifth of Scotland’s land is kept barren and dead for the sole purpose of maximising the number of red grouse – so they can be killed for sport. Many people object to the killing of animals for sport as a matter of principle; others believe that Scotland’s land is concentrated in too few […]

Back to Life: Mapping Scotland’s Alternative to Grouse Moors

Between 12% and 18% of Scotland’s total land area is currently reserved for grouse moors. Despite this, the economics of such activity has been shown to be significantly worse than any other reasonably conceivable economic activity.This map – produced with Lateral North and the Revive Coalition – graphically illustrates the economic case for grouse shooting […]

Development Councils: A Proposal For A New System Of Local Democracy In Scotland

Scotland has the worst degree of local democracy in Europe. To correct this, Scotland should create a new tier of local democracy at the community level. The size and shape of each new democratic area should be defined by communities themselves through a participatory process. Each area should then be represented by a Development Council, […]

Our Democracy Is Not For Sale

This paper looks at the vulnerabilities in the UK’s electoral process in the form of the lax regulation around digital political adverts. Such adverts can be bought cheaply and tightly micro-targeted at individual voters. The current fines levied against groups who over-spend on campaigns is low enough that not only do they provide no deterrence […]

Feed-In Tariffs Scheme: Common Weal Consultation Response

Common Weal opposes the UK government’s proposal to close the Feed-In Tariffs scheme, which was introduced in 2010 to support the adoption of small-scale, low-carbon electricity generating technologies.This paper forms Common Weal’s response the government’s consultation on the proposed closure and argues that the scheme should be retained for a further five years.

Scottish Building Regulations: Review of Energy Standards – Common Weal Consultation Response

This report forms Common Weal’s response to the first stage of the Scottish government’s review of building energy standards and is part of our ongoing work on energy and housing policy.We argue that the Scottish government should introduce passive standards for new buildings in Scotland while existing buildings should be retrofitted to the maximum technically […]
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