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£175m regeneration fund announced
Press Association
Date: 16th Dec 2011

A £175 million programme of government investment has been announced to regenerate disadvantaged areas and strengthen local communities.

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Extra funding for Enterprise Growth Fund
The Scottish Government
Date: 15th Dec 2011

An extra 2 million pounds is being invested in Scotland’s third sector to boost social enterprises

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Time magazine names ‘The Protester’ as ‘Person of the Year’
Time Magazine
Date: 15th Dec 2011

Anonymous and defiant, a masked woman has been chosen as the figurehead of a turbulent 12 months. The US current affairs publication Time has announced ‘The Protester’ is its ‘Person of the Year’.

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Opening Speech, Scotcash: North Glasgow Housing Association Branch Office
Steve Inch, Scotcash Chair
Date: 15th Dec 2011

Scotcash was formed in 2007 by the Council, GHA and the Royal Bank of Scotland as part of the Financial Inclusion Strategy for Glasgow.   Scotcash is in the unsecured personal lending business - providing an affordable alternative to high interest home credit companies (such as the Provident), pay day lenders (such as Wonga.com) and doorstep lenders. Its aim is to improve the lives of low income families by offering credit – where it is needed - at a fair price.

 

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Want to reduce use of payday loans? Look to the banks
Faisel Rahman, The Guardian
Date: 15th Dec 2011

Up to 2 million people could be using payday loans, according to a report last week by the Association of Recovery Professionals (R3). On the back of this news, Labour MP Stella Creasy has called for more regulation of payday lenders and interest rate caps before Christmas.

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Social Enterprise in Anytown
John Pearce
Date: 15th Dec 2011

Financial institutions are required within the third system which have the capacity to make the scale of investments that are needed to seriously grow social enterprises.

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Personal Tribute to John Pearce
Alan Kay
Date: 15th Dec 2011
John Pearce was a close friend, a colleague and a source of inspiration. I shall miss his patience, his humour and his wisdom. He strode through life…with original ideas that he put into practice…with a strong sense of values and social justice…and with an ability to include and support the most vulnerable in society.
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Social Enterprise Cross Party Group

Date: 14th Dec 2011

Attendees of the Social Enterprise Cross Party Group.

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Scottish Orchards gave evidence at the Scottish Parliament
Scottish Orchards
Date: 14th Dec 2011

 Scottish Orchards gave evidence at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday - arguing for school and community orchards.

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Carpet reuse project
Clean Carpet Company
Date: 14th Dec 2011

Providing good quality reusable / new end of line carpets / carpet  tiles. Every year in the UK 500,000 tonnes of carpet goes to landfill, some of which is either new or reusable! The Clean Close Company have launched a carpet reuse project. 

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Funding Distribution Consultation
Voluntary Action Scotland
Date: 8th Dec 2011

The current funding distribution for Third Sector Interfaces is directly related to the funding that each area received from the previous distribution of funding to CVS, Volunteer Centres, Social Enterprise Networks and Local Social Economy Partnerships, although small adjustments were made to the figures to compensate for the lack of one or both of these organisations in some areas

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Food, Fairness and the Fife Diet
Douglas Strang, Bella Caledonia
Date: 8th Dec 2011

 In ‘The Great Tablecloth’, the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda conjures for us the sensual pleasures of the plate

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Pay-day loans: making money from other people's misfortune?
Jill Insley, The Guardian
Date: 7th Dec 2011

It's boom time for payday lenders and cheque cashers – but with APR of up to 4,200%, many people think regulation is overdue.

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Look north, Scotland
Lesley Riddoch
Date: 6th Dec 2011

Is Scotland really a long-lost bit of Scandinavia? Geologically speaking it is – Scotland was once part of the Nordic landmass (albeit several million years ago). Genetically speaking, island Scots have more Norse DNA than any other Britons. Culturally speaking, Norse occupation left Scotland with Viking place names and a Presbyterian share of the Lutheran distaste for pomp, bling, display and status.

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Defining social enterprise
Michael Roy
Date: 6th Dec 2011

I’m writing to say how much I enjoyed the social business special of TFN two weeks ago.

We in the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health are keen that terms such as social business and social enterprise are being used interchangeably. Muhammad Yunus himself talks of social business, but there really is no difference in the terms, as long as we’re insisting on the ‘asset lock’ – that profits are not distributed to shareholders but are reinvested in line with their social or environmental mission/ethos.
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Some action is needed
Third Force News
Date: 1st Dec 2011

Community councils were established after local government reorganisation in 1973 swept aside the more locally based structures of government such as district and burgh councils. Community councils were intended as a bridge between communities and the new system. But with a fifth of them not functioning at all, 90% of the rest never holding elections and the national umbrella body shutting up shop next year, something is clearly wrong.  What’s not so clear is what to do.

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Prove! Improve! Account!
Social Audit Network
Date: 1st Dec 2011

The Social Audit Network in Scotland (SANiS) has come together with JUST the Business to offer practical support for you and your organisation – or the organisations you work with – to value and strengthen your social impact. This initiative is in response to the growing interest in how enterprising third sector organisations can account for the social value they create and how this information can be reported in a credible way. We can offer any, or a combination of, the following…

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Not a Christmas read. To be read after Christmas
David Donnison
Date: 1st Dec 2011

'Fighting Poverty, Inequality and Injustice' by Alan Walker, Adrian Sinfield and Carol Walker (eds), Bristol Policy Press. To say that this is a book on social problems and policies by 16 authors – professors every one of them – will provoke many readers to switch to another column before I get to the end of this sentence. But while I would not choose it for their Christmas stockings I do think many of them will find the book worth looking at when the festivities are over.

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And the Land Lay Still
Andy Wightman
Date: 1st Dec 2011

I was in Perth last week giving a talk and leading a discussion on land issues with an enthusiastic audience of over 120 people. One member of the audience asked me what difference I thought independence would make. This question always gives me pause for thought and, after a few moments, I answered, “I don’t know.”

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A Revolution in Third Sector Research?
Social Value Lab
Date: 1st Dec 2011

 A bold new initiative has been launched onto the third sector scene in Scotland by the Social Value Lab.

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£660k set to revive ‘Lions’
Evening Times, 28.11.11
Date: 1st Dec 2011

 A renewable power system built more than 200 years ago is to be restored thanks to a £660,000 grant.

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