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Community Development Foundation to close next year
Third Sector, by Liam Kay
Date: 28th Jan 2016

The community empowerment charity which started nearly 50 years ago is looking to transfer its assets to another organisation

 

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‘World’s Poorest President’ Explains Why We Should Kick Rich People Out Of Politics
Huffington Post, by Roque Planas
Date: 28th Jan 2016

People who like money too much ought to be kicked out of politics, Uruguayan President José Mujica told CNN en Español in an interview posted online Wednesday.

 

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Muslim women respect Britain, Britain should respect us
The Guardian
Date: 28th Jan 2016

As the elected president of the women’s auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, I wish to express my concerns about the prime minister’s comments on Muslim women in British society. 

 

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2016 Manifesto 10 `asks’.
Community Land Scotland
Date: 28th Jan 2016
Constructing a forward agenda for Land Reform.  This short document has been prepared for consideration by each of the main Scottish political parties as matters Community Land Scotland would like to see considered for party manifestos for the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.
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Exclusive: John Swinney on his latest budget and the fiscal framework
HolyRood Magazine, by Mandy Rhodes
Date: 26th Jan 2016
Scotland’s Finance Secretary, John Swinney, prides himself on balancing Scotland’s books - but at what price? 

 

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Why land reform is still on my agenda
The National, by Patrick Harvie
Date: 22nd Jan 2016

Among the many financial crooks of this world, there are few that test the limits of my patience as much as tax dodgers. These are people who think it is beyond them to contribute to the financial pot we use to pay for our public services.

 

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Agenda: How to ensure companies abide by our laws when given public contracts
The Herald Scotland, by David Faith
Date: 22nd Jan 2016
The EU regulations on public procurement are not sexy. They do not make for thrilling reading and most people pay them little or no attention. In fact, normally the only people who are interested in procurement law are procurement lawyers and procurement professionals.
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SE Vision 2025 - Building a New Economy
SE Vision Steering Group
Date: 21st Jan 2016

The SE Vision 2025 (Feb 2015) sets out a blueprint for how SE can increase its contribution to the economic, social and environmental well-being of communities across Scotland over the next decade. 

 

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Family Portrait: The Scots Italians 1890-1940 exhibition
The Scottish Government
Date: 21st Jan 2016

 

A hidden archive about the Italian community in Scotland is to go on display for the first time in a new exhibition at National Records of Scotland. The highlight of the documents on show is a unique census of Scots Italians in the 1930s, thought to be the only set of its kind.
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Graeme Dey's Land Reform Bill amendment brings real hope of openness over ownership
The National, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 21st Jan 2016

So what really happened in yesterday’s land reform debate? Patrick Harvie’s transparency amendment was defeated by seven votes to two at Holyrood’s rural affairs and climate change committee (RACCE) meeting, backed only by the two Labour members Sarah Boyack and Claudia Beamish.

 

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Richest 62 people as wealthy as half of world's population, says Oxfam
The Guardian, by Larry Elliott
Date: 19th Jan 2016

Charity says only higher wages, crackdown on tax dodging and higher investment in public services can stop divide widening

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Transparency, Democracy and Lobbying
Bella Caledonia, by James McEnaney
Date: 19th Jan 2016

 

Last week The Ferret - a brilliant new investigative journalism platform - revealed that, in January 2015, the First Minister of Scotland was the special guest for a five-star, three-course meal in Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel.
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Better Business News release
Social Value Lab
Date: 18th Jan 2016

Corporate Scotland is doing good - but still a long way to go.

 

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Water Torture
Bella Caledonia, by Mike Small
Date: 18th Jan 2016

Water is something we’ve got a lot of in Scotland. It’s something that has given us hydro power and boosted our renewable sector for decades, and it’s something that we need to protect as a public asset. 

 

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CalMac ferry workers take anti-Serco takeover protest to Scottish Parliament
The National, by Janice Burns
Date: 18th Jan 2016

Ferry workers are heading for the Scottish Parliament today as they launch their Keep CalMac Public campaign to stop rival firm Serco being awarded the contract to run the Clyde and Hebrides service.

 

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Scottish regeneration funds are not reaching the poor
New Start
Date: 14th Jan 2016

Despite all the talk of prioritising poverty in Scotland, most regeneration investment is still going into wealthier areas, says Derek Rankine

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SURF's Key Policy Recommendations
SURF
Date: 14th Jan 2016

The following proposals are presented as thematically aligned bold and practical actions that should be achievable within the existing powers and timeframe of the next Scottish Government. 

 

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Revealed: how Jeremy Corbyn has reshaped the Labour party
The Guardian, by Ewen MacAskill
Date: 14th Jan 2016

Leader’s hopes of remoulding the party boosted as Guardian survey shows surge in members, huge support and shift to the left

 

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The 50 firms invited to wine and dine with Nicola Sturgeon
The Ferret
Date: 14th Jan 2016

The Edinburgh public relations company, Charlotte Street Partners, hosted a lavish dinner a year ago enabling 50 of Scotland’s business leaders to talk to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, The Ferret has learnt.

 

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Plans to privatise child protection are moving at pace
The Guardian, by Ray Jones
Date: 14th Jan 2016

 

During 2014, the government continued to move forward with the marketisation and privatisation of children’s social services, including child protection investigations and assessments.
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The disgrace of multi-deprivation in one of the richest and most civilised countries in world
The Herald Scotland, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 14th Jan 2016

Perhaps, rather than study the causes and effects of poverty, we ought instead to be analyse the origins of our continuing indifference to it. This would surely be a much more rewarding field of study for social scientists, mental health specialists and political philosophers. 

 

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Scots football fans to be given boost in bid to buy clubs
The Scotsman
Date: 14th Jan 2016

 

Football fans in Scotland could soon be given help to buy their cash-strapped clubs if plans for a new lending pot are passed.
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Peterborough SIB did not foster innovation, evaluation finds
Civil Society, by Alice Sharman
Date: 14th Jan 2016

A report into the first-ever social impact bond at HMP Peterborough has concluded that the pilot was a success, despite not necessarily fostering innovation.

 

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Why do we let fostering agencies profit from caring for vulnerable children?
The Guardian, by Andy Elvin
Date: 14th Jan 2016
Foster care is big business, but the money commercial agencies pocket could be spent improving children’s lives
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Nearly 100 journalists at risk of redundancy across Johnston Press - Scotland and N Ireland worst hit
Press Gazette, by William Turvill
Date: 14th Jan 2016
Nearly 100 editorial jobs are set to go at Johnston Press in the latest round of cuts.  Some 32 jobs are believed to be at risk of redundancy in Scotland, up to 13 in Northern Ireland, ten in the North East and eight in the North West.

 

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@ScotGov refuses to reinstate central land reform proposal
Common Space, by Jen Stout
Date: 8th Jan 2016

Despite popular campaign and committee recommendations, tax haven restrictions will not be included in bill

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Inverclyde company 'can't afford' to pay living wage
Greenock Telegraph, by Eric Baxter
Date: 7th Jan 2016

A company could be forced to pull out of providing care services for Inverclyde Council over the cost of the ‘living wage’.

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Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven't Noticed
Huffington Post, by Gustavo Tanaka
Date: 7th Jan 2016
Most of us haven't quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.  A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is going through change and that most of us are unaware of that.
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Why I’m going ape about the privatisation of children’s play
The Guardian, by Lucy Mangan
Date: 7th Jan 2016
Generally the phrases knocking around in my head at this time of year are of a cheery, convivial nature - “Merry Christmas”; “Happy New Year”; “Another Baileys? Don’t mind if I do”; “Wish I hadn’t had that last Baileys.” 
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Devolution in Scotland - the next great debate speech
Gov.UK, by David Mundell
Date: 7th Jan 2016

The Secretary of State for Scotland outlines the urgency for devolution within Scotland:

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The SNP's doctrine of free services for all must be revised
The National, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 7th Jan 2016

What's going to be the biggest political story in Scotland next year? The likely EU referendum? The even more likely obliteration of Labour at the Holyrood elections? Or maybe publication of the poverty tsar’s “frank and honest” thoughts on the Scottish Government’s strategy for building a fairer society?

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