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Co-production Wales (All in this Together)
By Nick Andrews, Swansea University
Date: 27th Feb 2015
n my experience… an occasional series contributed by our directors, partners and campaign colleagues.  We need to talk about love.  Who’s helping who? Challenging professional boundaries in social care services.
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Extract for Scottish Community Re:investment Trust’s Information Memorandum
SCRT by Pauline Hinchion
Date: 27th Feb 2015
The fundamental importance of the third sector.  A distinctive sector, what we now know as the third sector, has its origins in the charities, mutuals and voluntary organisations which flourished in the 19th century.
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How to change our failing systems
New Start, by Clare Goff
Date: 26th Feb 2015

As the human and financial costs of the failures of our public services add up, it’s time to create human-centred systems that are truly transformative, says Clare Goff.

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Extract for Scottish Community Re:investment Trust’s Information Memorandum
SCRT
Date: 26th Feb 2015
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The Shoelace
Charles Bukowski
Date: 26th Feb 2015
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Arm’s Length External Organisations
OSCR
Date: 26th Feb 2015
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House must change, or go
Sunday Herald
Date: 26th Feb 2015

When the Scottish Government backed plans for a single police force, sound arguments were made that the then Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill was pushing through a dangerous policy.

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Glasgow Film Festival review: William McIlvanney, Living with Words
Herald Scotland, By Alison Rowat
Date: 26th Feb 2015

Our verdict: five stars

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County's directly employed workforce could shrink to 100
Local Government Chronicle, By Sarah Calkin
Date: 26th Feb 2015

Northamptonshire CC has approved plans for radical reforms under which all its frontline services will be commissioned from external organisations.

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Exclusive: Sturgeon commits to three year funding
Third Force News, by Robert ArmourThird Force News, by Robert Armour
Date: 26th Feb 2015

First minister says she wants to include third sector more in government policies.

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"A world heading towards equality – through technology"
Nordic Horizons
Date: 18th Feb 2015

New event announced by Nordic Horizons.

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British society favours the rich – the tax avoidance scandal makes this clear
Owen Jones, The Guardian
Date: 18th Feb 2015

While the poor’s smallest misdemeanours are punished, the rich are able to draft the loopholes they then use to avoid tax.

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Democratic Sector Day
What Works Scotland
Date: 18th Feb 2015

What Works Scotland is delighted to invite you to Democratic Sector Day – an encounter between people doing public participation work in Scotland.

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Young people required to do 30 hours a week of free charity work under Conservative plans
Emily Corfe, CivilSociety.co.uk
Date: 18th Feb 2015

Unemployed young people will be required to work 30 hours a week for charities and community services across the UK or lose benefits, prime minister David Cameron said today.

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Austerity Is 'Complete Horsesh*t': Ivy League Prof Dismantles the Conservative Lie
Elias Esquith, Salon
Date: 18th Feb 2015

Mark Blyth's new book explains the damaging consequences of austerity in Europe and the U.S.

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Delivering and Developing the SURF ‘Allicance for Action' 2013-15
SURF
Date: 17th Feb 2015

As Scotland’s independent regeneration network, SURF shares the Scottish Government’s interest in exploring the evolving context and practical options for achieving more participative and sustainable community regeneration.

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Dismay as Argyll and Bute Council says ‘No’ to Castle Toward community buyout plans
Common Space, by Michael Gray
Date: 12th Feb 2015

Leaders reject plans for investment and regeneration

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Nicola Sturgeon attacks Westminster's 'morally unjustifiable' austerity policy
The Guardian, by Libby Brooks
Date: 12th Feb 2015

Scotland’s first minister says alternative approach could result in £180bn more extra being spent on public services by 2020

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Charities could be harming the people they seek to help
Third Force News
Date: 12th Feb 2015

Pauline Hinchion questions why most third sector organisations bank unquestioningly with mainstream banks.

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The History of Living Wage Foundation
Living Wage Foundation
Date: 5th Feb 2015

The modern UK Living Wage Campaign was launched by members of London Citizens in 2001. The founders were parents in the East End of London, who wanted to remain in work, but found that despite working two or more minimum wage jobs they were struggling to make ends meet and were left with no time for family and community life.

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Building a New Economy: Scotland’s Vision for Social Enterprise 2025
CEIS, Community Enterprise, Firstport, HISEZ, InspirAlba, Senscot, Social Enterprise Academy, Social Enterprise Scotland, and Social Firms Scotland
Date: 5th Feb 2015

Scotland has a long history of pioneering new forms of business that blend social and commercial goals. These reflect a belief among the people of Scotland in a fairer, more equal society – organised for the benefit of all – where business activity is used as a means to this end and not an end in itself.

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Plans to privatise child protection are moving at pace
The Guardian, By Ray Jones
Date: 5th Feb 2015

Government proposals to open up child protection and other children’s social services to the marketplace have moved ahead unopposed.

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Difference Between Healing and Curing
Michael Lerner
Date: 5th Feb 2015

In my thirty years of working with cancer patients, I've seen a profound distinction between curing and healing.

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The Greens, chaotic as they are, give a lesson to the main parties
The Observer, By Will Hutton
Date: 5th Feb 2015

British Greens have not had to sort out priorities or be practical, but at least they have political integrity and heart

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Charities’ interests in land
Andy Wightman
Date: 5th Feb 2015

Proposal 6 in the Scottish Government’s consultation paper on land reform (see link here) is to introduce a statutory duty of community engagement on charitable bodies that own land. There are four main types of charitable bodies that own land and property.

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Even atheists such as Stephen Fry have Downton-esque nostalgia for the C of E
The Guardian, By Giles Fraser
Date: 5th Feb 2015

The establishment drains the church of its radicalism and turns clerics into fawning Jeeves-like courtiers.

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Big Ideas Change the World: Smart optimism
Friends of the Earth
Date: 5th Feb 2015

Medicines. Men on the moon. Cities that support billions of people. Global communications. Humans are ingenious.

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Lost in the 21st Century
George Monbiot
Date: 5th Feb 2015

Consumerism has broken its promise. Perhaps now we can begin to reconnect.

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