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Having good friends appears to 'boost' survival
Michelle Roberts, BBC
Date: 29th Jul 2010

The Brigham Young University team came to this figure by number-crunching data from nearly 150 studies looking at survival odds and social networks.

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Comment on Covering costs to be Sustainable
Anonymous Senscot Bulletin Reader
Date: 15th Jul 2010

Sustainability has nothing to do with the financials, depends only on "who's home" with a bit of engagement and passion. But if you believe you need to cover costs to be sustainable, this is the thin end of the wedge which can and certainly will ultimately drive you out of business and so prove you right!

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Echoes of Tony Blair in Cameron’s “big society”, but . . .
Richard Darlington, New Statesman
Date: 9th Jul 2010

. . . at least he has a Big Idea and his pet philosophy is to be turned into action plans for Whitehall.   After two months of doom and gloom from the coalition, David Cameron has today tried to give voters something to smile about.

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In praise of... grant funding
Martin Sime, Third Force News
Date: 8th Jul 2010

There's a school of thought out there that all will be well if only the third sector can win some more contracts from government. For at least the last decade, but probably for the last 30 years, this has been expressed through a de­sire to see us playa bigger role in the delivery of public services. Only last week, new UK Govern­ment ministers Lords Freud and Wei were saying the very same thing.

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Scottish finalists announced in Ł50,000 search for Britain’s Best New Business
Dan Martin, Business trends
Date: 8th Jul 2010

The five finalists have been selected to compete in Scotland leg of The Pitch 2010, the nationwide small business competition with £50,000 worth of prizes up for grabs

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A minimum income standard for the UK in 2010
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date: 8th Jul 2010

JRF's annual update, based on what members of the public think people need to achieve a socially acceptable standard of living.  Over time, changes in prices alter the cost of a minimum standard of living, and changes in social norms will change the 'minimum' that is required. This study considers both of these elements, and updates the budgets to April 2010.

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Government announces raft of payment-by-results measures
Vibeka Mair, Civil Society
Date: 8th Jul 2010

Payment-by-results has been introduced within three government departments over the past week.

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Community Shares: Taking Ownership Local
Development Trusts Association
Date: 8th Jul 2010

The Community Shares Programme is a two-year action research project investigating how members of the public can invest in enterprises that serve a community purpose.

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New four-star hotel in Inverness to be run by area’s marginalised youth
Edd McCracken, Herald Scotland
Date: 8th Jul 2010

Inspired by a Dutch scheme in which ex-convicts, women escaping abusive relationships and single parents run a four-star hotel, Inverness is set to become home to the UK’s first social enterprise hotel.

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The Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts (Scotland) Order 2010
Scottish Government
Date: 1st Jul 2010

The Dormant Bank and Building Society Account (Scotland) Order 2010 was approved by the Scottish Parliament on 30 June 2010.  The purpose of the Order is to restrict Scottish expenditure from dormant account monies to third sector organisations for services, facilities or opportunities which promote strong, resilient and supportive communities.

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Investing in Communities - Open for business
Big Lottery Fund Scotland
Date: 1st Jul 2010

On Wednesday (30.06.10) the Big Lottery Fund Scotland officially reopened Investing in Communities.

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Slavoj Žižek: Interview
Sean O'Hagan, The Observer
Date: 1st Jul 2010

 The Marxist provocateur and bestselling philosopher on communism, poststructural theory and his reluctance to play poster boy for the fashionable European left.

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Guinness Bring it to Life
Firstport
Date: 1st Jul 2010

The Guinness Bring it to Life Awards in association with Firstport, Scotland UnLtd and Rathbone is open for applications. We are looking for 25-35 year olds who have a brilliant idea to make their communities a better place to live.

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Hail the 21st-century Enlightenment. Ideas don
Madeleine Bunting, The Guardian
Date: 1st Jul 2010

We've had months of discussion (and confusion) about the Big Society, years of entertainment from Big Brother, so perhaps it's only timely that this week will see the launch of some Big Ideas. It makes a change to lift eyes from the detail of coalition agreements or the chances in the World Cup and take on board an analysis of the grand sweep of human history, new scientific insights into human nature, and how we can ensure our survival

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Lesley Riddoch on Localism
The Scotsman
Date: 1st Jul 2010

Mini-councils will energise Scotland's communities.  WHAT do the Tories actually mean by localism? Scots may never know, since all things local are devolved. But maybe we should.  A bonfire of quangos and regional planning could knock local heads together in England, reintroduce common sense to public life and end a long history of top-down governance.

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