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Social impact bond market could be worth £1bn, says minister
Civil Society, Kirsty Weakley
Date: 28th Apr 2016

The minister for civil society wants the social impact bond market to be worth £1bn by the end of this Parliament, Rob Wilson has said.

 

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Individuals must seize the levers to transform our society
The National, by Michael Gray
Date: 28th Apr 2016

 

One hundred years ago the British Empire was in turmoil. Mass slaughter in Europe, working-class agitation at home and rebellion in the colonies, foreshadowed its eventual demise.
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Royal Troon will host 2016 Open Championship as a men-only golf club
The Guardian
Date: 28th Apr 2016

Royal Troon will definitely not be a mixed-sex club before hosting this year’s Open Championship, although the club is on course to vote on the controversial issue by the end of the year.

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David Floyd: The growth of the social investment market
Third Sector Magazine
Date: 28th Apr 2016
Plus: a long way to go on social impact bonds and the Skoll World Forum
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Another fracking pipeline is rejected
CNN, by Matt Egan
Date: 28th Apr 2016

Score one for the fracktivists.

 

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Passage from Manifesto Speech
By Nicola Sturgeon
Date: 28th Apr 2016

 

Before I finish, I want to touch on another key theme of this manifesto - the question of where decisions are taken and by whom.
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The Hillsborough verdict proves the the power of grassroots activism
Liverpool Echo
Date: 28th Apr 2016

The families of the victims and the city of Liverpool have fought for decades against classism and political disregard

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Regulation: the Scottish way - David Robb
The Third Sector Magazine
Date: 28th Apr 2016

Ten years after the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator was created, Rebecca Cooney talks to its chief executive

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Who is really in charge at the Charity Commission?
Civil Society, by Kirsty Weakley
Date: 28th Apr 2016

The Charity Commission has come in for criticism over the behaviour of its board and its governance structure. Kirsty Weakley takes a closer look at just who is running the regulator.

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UK’s First Social Investment Tax Relief Fund Provides Social Enterprise Funding Boost
Social Investment Scotland
Date: 21st Apr 2016

SIS Community Capital invests £400,000 in seven social enterprises

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Scotland gains on Poland in European credit union rankings as membership grows
The Herald Scotland, by Victoria Masterson
Date: 21st Apr 2016

About 250 people a week are joining credit unions in Scotland as a growing number of savers and borrowers look for alternatives to mainstream lenders.

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Why Countryfile is the most political show on TV
The Guardian, by Simon Jenkins
Date: 21st Apr 2016
This is a programme that both celebrates country life and holds it to account. Now it has an 8 million-strong constituency - David Cameron, take note.
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Should we scrap benefits and pay everyone £100 a week?
The Guardian, by John Harris
Date: 21st Apr 2016

The idea of a universal basic income is about to leap from the margins to the mainstream, bringing promises of a happier and healthier population

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Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP manifesto and the dangers of repeated landslides
The Herald Scotland, by Iain Macwhirter
Date: 21st Apr 2016

I'm sure it is just my macabre sense of humour, but I couldn't help finding the headline policy in the SNP manifesto about a baby box for every child slightly disturbing.

 

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Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work
Good Reads, by Nick Srnicek, Alex Williams
Date: 21st Apr 2016

A major new manifesto for a high-tech future free from work

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Small charities struggling while their larger counterparts grow, NCVO figures show
Third Sector Magazine, by Liam Kay
Date: 14th Apr 2016
The UK Civil Society Almanac 2016 shows overall charity sector income rose by 5.8 per cent in 2013/14 to reach £43.8, the first increase since 2009/10
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How Augusta National Became Golf's North Korea
Deadspin, by Shane Ryan
Date: 14th Apr 2016
Some people buy into the mythos of Augusta, and you may be one. So, fair warning: If you prefer to believe that walking those holy fairways will induce a state of golf nirvana, or that the Masters is a noble-minded fairy tale come to life, you may want to skip this.
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Powers with a Purpose: Poverty Alliance Manifesto
The Poverty Alliance
Date: 14th Apr 2016

In 2013/14, there were 730,000 people living in poverty in Scotland, rising to 940,000 after housing costs are taken into consideration. More than one in fivechildren in Scotland live in poverty, around 210,000 children. 

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SIC sets up £15m business lending fund
Shetland News, by Neil Riddell
Date: 14th Apr 2016

Money inherited from Shetland Development Trust (SDT) is to be used by Shetland Islands Council to set up an investment fund and lending service with a value of £15 million that can be accessed by businesses operating locally.

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Election expert John Curtice and Strathclyde University team develop Holyrood poll tool
The Herald, by Stewart Paterson
Date: 14th Apr 2016

Academics in Glasgow have developed a tool to help voters decide which party they should vote for in the Holyrood election.

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Capitalism or Socialism? There’s an Even Better Option
Yes Magazine, by David Korten
Date: 14th Apr 2016
Bernie Sanders’ popular campaign suggests that many Americans aren't afraid of socialism anymore. But real democracy is an even better alternative to capitalism
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The bill for PFI contracts is an outrage. Let us refuse to pay this odious debt
The Guardian, by George Monbiot
Date: 14th Apr 2016

You've been told that nothing is sacred; that no state spending is safe from being cut or eroded through inflation. You've been misled. As the new public spending data released by the government shows, a £267bn bill has been both ringfenced and index-linked. 

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It’s not just Scotland’s schools. The whole PFI racket is crumbling
The Guardian, by Mike Small
Date: 14th Apr 2016

The Acronym Soup can get confusing. PPP, PFI, NPD - they are all hurled about, but there will certainly be no alphabet learning for more than 7,000 pupils across Edinburgh locked out of school since the Easter break as building safety standards are assessed and repairs undertaken. 

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Family-run park cafe lives to serve another day after local protest sees off Benugo chain
The Guardian, by Ed Cumming
Date: 12th Apr 2016

Hampstead Heath landmark saved as upmarket food chain pulls out of contract to take it over

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How a Cryptic Message, ‘Interested in Data?,’ Led to the Panama Papers
The New York Times, by Nicola Clark
Date: 7th Apr 2016

 

Paris - The leak of millions of private financial documents linking scores of the world’s rich and powerful to a secretive Panamanian law firm peddling in shell companies and offshore bank accounts began more than a year ago with a cryptic message to a German newspaper from an anonymous whistle-blower.
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The Hampstead cafe on the frontline of the war against corporate chains
The Guardian, by Ed Cumming
Date: 7th Apr 2016

Food giant Benugo’s contract to run an eaterie on Hampstead Heath in place of a local favourite has raised the hackles of residents

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Notes from Iona…
Malcolm Robertson
Date: 6th Apr 2016

John Smith once wrote, much more eloquently than I ever could, about islands.

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How a Cryptic Message, ‘Interested in Data?,’ Led to the Panama Papers
New York Times
Date: 6th Apr 2016

“Hello, this is John Doe,” the source wrote to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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Meet the Playlist for Life Team
Playlist for Life – Connecting music, people and memories
Date: 5th Apr 2016
Sarah Metcalfe worked in government, public policy and campaigns across the UK for ten years before taking time out to have a family. 
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Social Enterprise Summit
Holyrood Magazine
Date: 5th Apr 2016

Social enterprises in Scotland have enjoyed unparalleled political and economic support in recent years, with the Scottish Government embracing social enterprise as an important partner for economic development and delivery of public services.

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Caring Center is a Win-Win #SDoH
Glass Hospital
Date: 5th Apr 2016

The Bama Companies of Tulsa, Okla. made what I see as an historic announcement last month.

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Council Tax: Why Scotland Needs a New Way to Implement Radical Reforms
Bella Caledonia, by Mark Stephens
Date: 5th Apr 2016

I do not share the pessimism of commentators who believe that devolution has been a failure and that neither the new powers, nor independence will result in a different society.

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