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Scottish government 'interested' in universal basic income
BBC News
Date: 31st Jan 2017

The concept of a universal basic income is of "interest" to the Scottish government as one potential option to reducing poverty and inequality.

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Longer hours at school and less holidays for poorest kids: Education guru demands action
The Herald, by Andrew Whitaker
Date: 31st Jan 2017

Creating a new system where poor children attend school for more hours and take fewer summer holidays than rich children could be a solution to closing the attainment gap, according to one of the most influential education experts in Scotland.

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Barcelona marches to curb negative effects of tourism boom
The Observer, by Stephen Burgen
Date: 31st Jan 2017

Community groups join forces to protest over soaring level of rents fuelled by a big rise in visitor numbers.

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Scottish higher education should be for all, not the gilded few
The Guardian, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 31st Jan 2017

The gap between rich and poor children gaining university places is growing despite free tuition, showing that the privilege of wealth is stronger than ever.

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Furniture repair, re-use and recycle network brings benefits for families, councils and the environment
The National, by Greg Russell
Date: 30th Jan 2017

A unique Scottish consortium that delivers quality, affordable furniture to people in need and which could save local authorities millions of pounds has been described as “the best thing to happen to social enterprises in decades”.

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For Donald Trump, faith has become the perfect alibi for greed
The Guardian, by Giles Fraser
Date: 26th Jan 2017
You can’t entirely blame Trump for theological ineptitude when all he has heard from the pulpit is that God bestows his blessings through wealth.
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The Scottish Attainment Challenge
Scottish Government
Date: 26th Jan 2017
The Scottish Attainment Challenge will focus and accelerate targeted improvement activity in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in specific areas of Scotland.
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Supreme Court will rule that we are a region
The Herald, by Iain Macwhirter
Date: 26th Jan 2017
Legislative consent may sound like another of those tiresome lawyer’s phrases; it’s anything but. Lack of it could stall Brexit, trigger an independence referendum or even break up the Union.
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Nicola Sturgeon: The new champion of liberalism
Al Jazeera, byJamie Maxwell
Date: 26th Jan 2017

Not that long ago, Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon was the most exciting social democrat in European politics. 

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Republicans, the nation looks to you
The Denver Post, by Garrison Keillor
Date: 26th Jan 2017

What we know so far is that the man is who he is. There is no larger, finer man inside him trying to get out. Everyone who is paying attention knows this. 

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Following the Supreme Court ruling, what happens next?
The Constitution Unit
Date: 24th Jan 2017

Following today’s Supreme Court judgement, the focus of attention shifts back to parliament.  How long will it take for parliament to pass the necessary legislation? How likely is it that the legislation will be amended? Robert Hazell and Alan Renwick assess the implications for the Brexit timetable, and the government’s negotiating strategy.

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Universal Basic Income Is Our Best Weapon Against The Rising Far Right
The World Post, by Guy Standing
Date: 24th Jan 2017

Without basic economic security, people often behave selfishly and vote irresponsibly.

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Demonstrating Social Value Context
Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy
Date: 23rd Jan 2017

As fair, inclusive, and impactful businesses, social enterprises should ultimately be measured on both their social and commercial performance. 

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The real meaning of impact
by Roger Moors, Social Investment Scotland
Date: 23rd Jan 2017
Social Investment Scotland's Roger Moors examines what impact really means and how social enterprises need to regard it as their main asset.
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MSPs vote to 'reverse' Highlands and Islands Enterprise plans
BBC News
Date: 19th Jan 2017

MSPs have voted to demand the Scottish government allow Highlands and Islands to retain its own board.

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World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%
The Guardian, by Larry Elliott
Date: 19th Jan 2017

A new report by Oxfam warns of the growing and dangerous concentration of wealth.

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Airdrie Savings Bank to close its doors
BBC, by Douglas Fraser
Date: 19th Jan 2017

Airdrie Savings Bank, the last survivor of Britain's independent savings banks, is preparing for a "phased end to all business activities".

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How can Britain exit the EU? As a nation state Britain doesn’t really exist
The Guardian, by David Marquand
Date: 17th Jan 2017

A few hundred years of history once bound the four nations of the UK. Now they’re pulling this very odd state apart.

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Cabin fever: how Scotland is back in love with the joys of ‘hutting’
The Guardian, by Tracy McVeigh
Date: 17th Jan 2017

Bothies once offered a bolthole for urban workers. A legal change has revived them.

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Italian Social Cooperatives
by Wilda M. Vanek
Date: 17th Jan 2017

Relief for the financial strain on the national system of social welfare has been found in Italy through an innovative new form of cooperative.

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MLK's Daughter On Why Her Father's Legacy Is Important Now More Than Ever
The Huffington Post, by Lilly Workneh
Date: 17th Jan 2017

The Rev. Bernice King believes that if her father, the legendary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were to reflect on the state of race in America today, he wouldn’t express shock or surprise.

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A New Fund Seeks Both Financial and Social Returns
New York Times
Date: 11th Jan 2017

“There is a lazy mindedness that we afford the do-gooders.”

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Scots want to strip private schools of charity status
Third Force News
Date: 11th Jan 2017

A new YouGov survey has found the majority of Scots are against private schools enjoying charity status.

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Voluntary Action Scotland slammed in official report
Third Force News
Date: 11th Jan 2017

Scottish Government evaluation critical of Voluntary Action Scotland's role in supporting Third Sector Interfaces.

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A history of global living conditions in 5 charts
Max Rosler, Our World In Data
Date: 4th Jan 2017

Introduction to Our World in Data

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Finland trials basic income for unemployed
The Guardian
Date: 4th Jan 2017

Government hopes two-year social experiment will cut red tape, reduce poverty and boost employment

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Revealed: the £932m cost of private finance projects
The Ferret
Date: 4th Jan 2017

Private finance schemes are to be investigated by public spending watchdogs.

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