Category: Local Finance

Landgrabs Won’t Solve Glasgow’s Funding Woes

Landgrabs Won’t Solve Glasgow’s Funding Woes

Like the tides, seasons, and interventions from Gordon Brown, floating the idea Glasgow should absorb some of the surrounding towns happens like clockwork. This time, it’s a (misreported) piece of research by academics at Sheffield University and the recent announcement that the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens on Glasgow Green are to close for want …

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Manifestos and Mailboxes

Manifestos and Mailboxes

From bins to bikes, pollution to potholes, and schools to social care, the people in Victoria Park care deeply about their local services. Parties that have taken the decision to focus on the constitution are doing voters a great disservice. Local politics is the most basic, most accessible and most approachable level of politics for most people. We should be taking it seriously, not turning it into another chapter in the national drama. A vote for me in Victoria Park, and for Greens across Glasgow and Scotland, will elect someone to champion local communities and put power in your hands.

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Council Tax Reforms – A Missed Opportunity

Council Tax Reforms – A Missed Opportunity

Local taxation in Scotland is utterly broken and sadly these reforms do very little to fix it. There seems to be a lack of imagination in the Scottish Government when it comes to reform. And there’s an unwillingness to develop local government as a serious, empowered and accountable layer of government, viewing it instead as a conveyor belt for national policy.

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