Scottish Parliament Elections 2021

Ask your local candidates to support the ‘Another Scotland is Possible’ pledge Members of Another Edinburgh is Possible worked with Another Glasgow is Possible and activists around Scotland to produce this statement aimed at individuals standing in the 2021 Scottish Parliament Elections. Email the pledge to your local candidates, raise the questions at hustings eventsContinue reading “Scottish Parliament Elections 2021”

The Feeley Report on adult social care

Marlyn Tweedie shares some thoughts on the Feeley report into the provision of Care in Scotland.  The report was published on 3rd Feb 2021 – compiled by Derek Feeley, a former director general for health and Social care within the Scottish Government. The enquiry raised a degree of hope that perhaps a Care Service – adequately funded andContinue reading “The Feeley Report on adult social care”

Our City

‘Our City’ – the full report of ‘Another Edinburgh is Possible’s’ survey of the views of Edinburgh residents is published today. You can read the report online or download it via this link. Here’s the report forward written by Mary Alexander I am delighted to have been asked to write the foreword to this excellentContinue reading “Our City”

An Edinburgh Without Homelessness Is Possible

Leslie Cunningham writes I got to know Rob, a homeless man, about a year ago. On 15th February 2021, he kindly allowed me to interview him. This article attempts to convey what he most eloquently expressed in no more than about fifteen minutes. (!)  Rob just wants a roof over his head – a hostelContinue reading “An Edinburgh Without Homelessness Is Possible”

Democratic Deficit

On 18th February Edinburgh City Council met to discuss its budget for 2021/22.  It’s not a normal year because neither Westminster nor Holyrood have yet set their budgets and these budgets set the parameters for the Council’s decision. The budget motion set before councillors seemed to have been written in a parallel universe.  It acknowledged the challenge ofContinue reading “Democratic Deficit”

Survey – interim report

Another Edinburgh is Possible – Interim report on the results of a survey of how Edinburgh residents experience council services Since 2012/13, Edinburgh City Council budget cuts have amounted to £320 million.  Year on year of so-called ‘savings’ have resulted in a hollowing out of jobs and services to Edinburgh residents.  Over the last 12Continue reading “Survey – interim report”

An outdoor Festival in Edinburgh, what future for our green spaces?

In response to the council proposal for a dispersed festival in August 2021, Graham Checkley defends our green spaces – they are not for profit. “Urban green spaces, such as parks, playgrounds, and residential greenery, can promote mental and physical health”, The World Health Organisation, 2016 [1]. Two months is a long time in EdinburghContinue reading “An outdoor Festival in Edinburgh, what future for our green spaces?”

Agenda for Thursday 4th Feb

Draft Agenda for meeting on Thursday 4th February Meeting starts at 6.30pm and finishes by 8pm at the latest Zoom registration Sort out chairing and note taking Updates on the council budget process [Key date – Council Meeting Thursday 18th February] 2. Update on the survey 3. Planning our opposition  How do we show our protest –Continue reading “Agenda for Thursday 4th Feb”

Open Letter to COSLA and the Scottish Government

On 26th January the Herald published an article warning that Scottish councils are facing a £767 million bill to tackle the Covid-19 crisis amid a warning the Government has only covered up to two thirds of the pressure.  This letter was sent to the Herald in reply from Another Edinburgh is Possible and Another GlasgowContinue reading “Open Letter to COSLA and the Scottish Government”