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Air Departure Tax: A Post-Brexit Analysis

An analysis of the SNP’s proposal to half and then eliminate Air Passenger Duty – to be renamed the Air Departure Tax when it is devolved – finds that the economic evidence used to justify the tax cut omits the impact of an increase in outgoing passengers. Once this impact is factored in it is […]

Building Scotland’s future now: A new approach to financing public investment

This paper outlines an alternative to the private finance model for funding the building of public projects in Scotland. It proposes a public-led model based on a Scottish National Investment Bank and Scottish National Infrastructure Company.

The Demographics of Independence: A study of polling on and since the 2014 referendum

This paper analyses polling data taken around and since the 2014 independence referendum to track trends within the published headline polls. Whilst overall support for independence continues to track at roughly the same level as was recorded in the 2014 referendum, significant shifts have occurred within demographics.

An Independent Scotland’s borders and Customs: Principles and Approaches

This paper argues that an independent Scotland could benefit from increased revenue by introducing a “smart borders” approach to its customs and borders post-independence, with the prospects of a ‘hard border’ between Scotland and England “totally overblown”.

Agenda for pioneering Open Government: A Common Weal contribution to the Open Government Programme

This paper is organised into three sections.Transparency is taken to mean the extent to which the public can find out information about what is being done in the public realm and with public finances.Accountability is taken to mean the ability of citizens to know how those who enact public policy have gone about it, that […]

Beyond GERS: Scotland’s fiscal position post-independence

GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland) 2015/16 reported Scotland’s fiscal deficit to be in the region of £14 billion per year, portraying Scotland as the country experiencing some of the most challenging financial circumstances in Europe.However, this study must be viewed firmly in the light of Scotland being a member nation of the United Kingdom […]

Housekeeping Scotland: Discussion paper outlining a new agenda for housing

Malcolm Fraser outlines a vision for housing based on reinvigorating town centres and creating good quality of life for all.

Blueprint for a Scottish National Investment Bank

Laurie MacFarlane, New Economics Foundation researcher, provides a detailed case for establishing a Scottish National Investment Bank.

Claiming Scotland’s Assets: A discussion paper on the division of assets and debts to an independent Scotland

This paper explores the historical precedents covering how debts and assets are split when states dissolve or become independent and applies those models to the case of Scottish independence.In particular, the paper rejects the 2014 independence campaign’s “subtractive” approach whereby Scotland adopts a “share” of the UK’s liabilities less the value of an assets withheld by […]

Scottish Currency Options Post-Brexit

The decision of the UK to leave the EU has changed the baseline assumptions about many aspects of politics.This paper re-opens and re-examines the case for each of Scotland’s plausible currency options in the event of independence and weighs the pros and cons of each.The paper concludes that only the option of Scotland launching a new […]

Common Weal submission to Social Security Consultation

In this submission to the Scottish Government’s Social Security Consultation, Common Weal proposes a Child Benefit top-up (made tax deductible), Citizens Pension and a means by which benefit sanctions can be scrapped entirely.

APD Cut: A Flighty Economic Case

An analysis of the SNP’s proposal to half and then eliminate Air Passenger Duty – to be renamed the Air Departure Tax when it is devolved – finds that the economic evidence used to justify the tax cut omits the impact of an increase in outgoing passengers. Once this impact is factored in it is […]
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