A Scottish Tax System: Imagining the Future

Richard Murphy argues that an independent Scotland could fix the inefficiencies and large scale abuses of the UK tax system if it took an entirely different approach, creating a system that works better for Scotland’s economy and society.

Common Weal analysis of GERS 2016-2017 reveals economic opportunities of independence

The Common Weal Think-tank analysis of GERS 2017 reveals the economic opportunities of Scottish independenceModest estimates by Common Weal show that an independent Scotland could be better off to the tune of at least £7.5 billion in comparison to the figures in the GERS paper published today effectively cutting the deficit by over half. As the […]

Social Security for All of Us: An independent Scotland as a modern welfare state

This paper examines several possible policy ideas for social security in an independent Scotland.These ideas include increasing social security provision to match typical Nordic countries, introducing a negative income tax, implementing a job guarantee scheme and introducing a full Universal Basic Income.

Scottish Space Agency – A discussion on Scotland’s place in the space industry

This paper proposes a Scottish Space Agency and Spaceport to make Scotland a world leader in industry sector of the future.

Fighting for Tax Jobs, Fighting For Justice: A Workers’ Alternative

Commissioned by PCS, this joint work examines the economic impact of HMRC’s plans to close departments around Scotland and establish two regional offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh.It is found that over 2,300 jobs could be lost due to these changes with an overall negative impact on GDP of £89 million.The economic impact will be particularly […]

Backing Scotland’s Currency – Foreign Exchange Reserves for an Independent Scotland

The successful management of an independent country’s currency is often tied to its ability to raise and maintain an adequate level of foreign currency reserves. These reserves would be used to stabilise the currency’s exchange rate, protect against speculative attacks on the currency and service debt obligations, amongst other uses. In the case of Scottish […]

Renew: Six policies that can refresh the Scottish Government’s domestic agenda

This paper proposes six policy ways to renew the Scottish Government’s domestic agenda through fresh and eye-catching policy transformation after 10 years in power at Holyrood.1: Create a Scottish National Investment Bank and use it to finance an era of green reindustrialisation.2: Build the homes and infrastructure that people need and rebuild the town centres they […]

Public Procurement in Scotland: The case for scrutiny, accountability and transparency

Leading economist Margaret Cuthbert draws on 15 years of research on Scottish public procurement in making the case that procurement in Scotland is shrouded in secrecy and wide-ranging reforms are needed to ensure transparency and accountability.

Potential dangers of public sector investment in hub sub debt

Jim Cuthbert analyses the potential dangers of Scottish Government investment in Hub sub-debt, which may act as a form of ‘concealed’ borrowing from the secondary market.

Mapping Economic Potential in North-East Glasgow

Mhairi Love looks at the case for asset based community development in the North-East of Glasgow through mapping derelict and vacant sites in the area and looking at how the Community Empowerment Act could be utilised.

Divest¦Reinvest: Scottish Council Pensions for a future worth living in

A report by Common Weal, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Unison Scotland into divestment of Scottish pension funds from fossil fuel companies and re-investment into socially and environmentally useful investments.

A Citizens’ Assembly for the Scottish Parliament

Establishing a Citizens’ Assembly as a second chamber to the Scottish Parliament would increase public trust in parliament and boost the confidence of legislators that there is broad public backing for their decisions. We propose selecting a random, representative sample of 73 members of the public to fulfil this role for at least one but […]
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