A Silver Chain – A Critique of the Sustainable Growth Commission’s Monetary Policy Recommendations

Common Weal’s intervention in the debate surrounding Andrew Wilson’s Growth Commission, offering a substantial critique to keeping the Pound Sterling post-independence.

An Unequal Kingdom: The Barriers to Federalism in the UK

The constitutional question over Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom was not resolved by the results of the 2014 independence referendum. In addition to the ongoing debate around independence at least two political parties – the Liberal Democrats and Scottish Labour – currently support constiutional reform for the whole of the UK along some kind […]

Foundations for Freedom: A discussion paper on the process for establishing an independent Scotland’s Constitution

This paper discusses the principles on which an independent Scotland should found the writing of a formal constitution as well as the method by which such a constitution could be determined by the people of Scotland via citizens’ assemblies and a referendum.An example constitution for Scotland is included for the purposes of opening such a […]

Common Weal Inverness and InverYes – Consideration of the Sustainable Growth Commission Report

A study group comprised of members from Common Weal Inverness and InverYes undertook a detailed reading of the report published by the Sustainable Growth Commission and have collated their thoughts, opinions and recommendations ahead of attending the National Assemblies.

Public Private Partnerships: A formula for excess profits and failure

The Paper outlines how PFI/PPP’s inbuilt formula leads to high risk of failure amidst huge private profits.

Common Weal submission to economic data consultation

Common Weal’s response to the Scottish Government economic data consultation calls for a Scottish Statistics Agency

Scotland’s Data Desert: The case for a Scottish Statistics Agency

This paper lays out some of the important gaps identified in Scotland’s suite of gathered statistics. The case is made for the formation of a Scottish Statistics Agency, funded to a level comparable to nations similar to Scotland, which has the power to fill these gaps as well as to curate a comprehensive and transparent […]

Renewables Scotland 2030: A discussion paper on how to transform Scotland’s energy sector by 2030

This report takes a look at the condition of the Scottish energy industry in comparison…

Public Land Value Capture: A new model for housing development in Scotland

This report outlines the case for public land value capture – the process by which councils, not those selling land, can benefit from the increase in land value due to changing use (such as planning permission for housing) or can reduce house prices by not passing that uplifted cost on to renters and buyers of […]

Towards a Defence & Security strategy for an independent Scotland

This paper is intended to provide an overview of the following aspects of a Scottish Defence & Security Strategy:• What is meant by ‘Scottish national security’• What threats it would be required to address• What framework it would operate under• How Scottish foreign policy would impact it• What institutions would implement itThe intent of this […]

A Public Future for Scotland’s Railways

This joint report from Common Weal and TSSA looks at how public ownership could be the start of a transformation in Scotland’s transport system.The report makes the case for the full nationalisation of Scotland’s railways with the responsibilities for the line, the service provision and provision of the rolling stock brought under one organisation.

A Scottish Approach to immigration post-Brexit

Devolving immigration and employment law together can give Scotland the opportunity to create a workers rights-based approach to immigration post-Brexit that benefits all workers.This paper proposes a devolved immigration policy for Scotland that would be designed to meet the country’s specific demographic challenges while strengthening universal rights for all workers.
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