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Scottish Draft Budget 2017/18: initial response
Fraser of Allander Institute
Date: 16th Dec 2016

Finance Secretary raises revenue to invest in public services.

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Derek Mackay's first budget is 'safety first', say tax experts
The National, by Kathleen Nutt
Date: 16th Dec 2016

Tax experts last night agreed Finance Secretary Derek Mackay had set out a “safety first” draft Budget in Holyrood yesterday.

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Derek Mackay can prevent stalemate if he listens to other parties
The National, by Patrick Harvie
Date: 16th Dec 2016

For years, pro-independence politicians in Scotland have pointed to economic injustice coming from successive UK Governments, and demanded the power to do something about it. This is something which the SNP and the Greens have long agreed on.

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Scottish Draft Budget 2017-2018
Scottish Government
Date: 15th Dec 2016

This budget helps in the drive to tackle poverty, reduce inequality and create a fairer and more prosperous Scotland.  It will invest in the capacity and growth of social enterprises across Scotland, as part of the new 10-year strategy for social enterprise. 

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Buddhism and economic transformation
Open Democracy, by Julie A. Nelson
Date: 15th Dec 2016

Economies have no essential nature. Once this is recognized, many more opportunities for change present themselves. 

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Strontian's plan to build own school secures funding
BBC News
Date: 15th Dec 2016

 

A community in the west Highlands has secured funding for its plan to build its own primary school.
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Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-26
Scottish Government
Date: 14th Dec 2016

10 year Social Enterprise Strategy launched by Scottish Government.

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Work begins on £10m Mackintosh Willow Tea Rooms revamp
BBC
Date: 13th Dec 2016

Work is beginning on a £10m project to restore and preserve one of Glasgow's most famous buildings - the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Willow Tea Rooms.

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Ayrshire ‘social restaurant’ set for mutual aid for poor and isolated
Commonspace, by David Jamieson
Date: 13th Dec 2016

A new ‘social restaurant’ is set to launch in Ayr with the aim of breaking down barriers created by poverty and isolation.

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SURF Response to Groundhog Day? Explaining 50 years of failed renewal
SURF, by Andy Milne
Date: 13th Dec 2016

As Scotland’s Regeneration Forum, SURF has benefited from interactive discussion with Douglas Robertson and with other engaged academics as part of our collaborative cross sector efforts to improve regeneration policy and practice

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AA Gill
Sunday Times
Date: 13th Dec 2016

Someone said that Scotland doesn't have history, it just has a longer memory for current events. Before talking about whether this uneven union should be split, it's instructive to understand what forged it in the first place. 

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Testing times for Nicola Sturgeon as Scotland slips behind at school "An extract"
The National, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 8th Dec 2016

Educational attainment is inextricably linked to family income and a positive social background

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Scottish Labour calls for new federal state to unite UK after Brexit
The Guardian, by Kezia Dugdale
Date: 7th Dec 2016

Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, has called for a radical reshaping of the UK into a federal state with Scotland taking control over fisheries, farming and social rights now covered by EU laws.

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Scottish education system ‘no longer world leading’
iNews, by Chris Green
Date: 7th Dec 2016

Scotland’s schools have recorded their worst ever performance in a major international survey of pupils, with standards slipping in the key areas of maths, reading and science. 

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So much for my dream of retiring to Bute
Scottish Review, by Ian Jack
Date: 7th Dec 2016

I don’t know the detailed history of Craigard House, but my old neighbour in Bute used to remember that, when he was a boy in the 1930s, a coach and horses would await the arrival of the evening steamer at Craigmore pier, to take Craigard’s owner the half-a-mile or so home.

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Profile: The Courtyard Café

Date: 7th Dec 2016

A Unique new community café opened its doors offering fresh food and employment opportunities to a north-west Glasgow community. 

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Why some Dutch university students are living in nursing homes
The Independant, by Johanna Harris
Date: 7th Dec 2016

In today’s society both young and old increasingly find themselves living in a bubble of like-minded and similar-aged peers. This is especially true of university students who leave home at 18 to live with people of the same age – who have quite often had similar life experiences.

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For the Traveler
John O'Donohue
Date: 7th Dec 2016
Every time you leave home, Another road takes you Into a world you were never in.
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BBC Question Time – Fake Audiences
Bella Caledonia, Mike Small
Date: 7th Dec 2016

The parlour game of raging at the goggle-box every week as the BBC reeled out another panel of right-wing eejits for Question Time was getting a bit tired. 

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Centralising Scotland, The new super quango
Scottish Review, by Brian Wilson
Date: 1st Dec 2016

Remarkably little attention has been paid to a statement made by John Swinney in the Scottish Parliament on 23 November when, in effect, he announced the formation of a vast Scottish super quango under political control.

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Plea for Humility
Niall McShannon
Date: 1st Dec 2016

I note that Theresa Shearer concludes an article about Enable Scotland’s inability to successfully negotiate with the 32 Local Authorities by implying that this is somehow the fault of smaller voluntary sector social care organisations.

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