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Tax, indyref2 & measuring pigs: party leaders sweat in election spotlight #SP16
Michael Gray, Common Weal
Date: 31st Mar 2016

New tax powers take centre stage in second TV election debate.

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Introducing the new Scottish Land Fund committee
Colin Calder, Big Lottery Fund Scotland
Date: 29th Mar 2016

The Scottish Land Fund was recently relaunched – expanded to apply to urban projects as well as rural projects.

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Tory civil war sparked by resignation Ė in quotes
The Guardian, by Iain Duncan Smith
Date: 24th Mar 2016

Pensions minister Ros Altmann accuses Iain Duncan Smith of ‘shocking’ behaviour but colleague has nothing but praise

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Shame on the SNP for choosing to park its conscience
The Herald Scotland, by Iain Macwhirter
Date: 24th Mar 2016

It’s the oldest tale in politics. A radical party wins power on the strength of a widespread popular movement. Then it becomes the target of powerful private lobby groups and gradually its radicalism is jettisoned for economic “realism” – which invariably seems to be the realism of the rich and powerful.

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The MSPs retiring from Holyrood in May
BBC News
Date: 24th Mar 2016

Scotland goes to the polls on 5 May to elect a new cohort of MSPs - and some of the current crop will be bowing out.

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The speech that never was
By Kenneth Gibson, MSP
Date: 24th Mar 2016

Kenneth Gibson MSP speech that was not made to SNP conference on 'radical' reform of local government and health boards

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It's time for some real scrutiny of our police
The National, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 22nd Mar 2016

The king of all UK police dramas on television, The Sweeney, still captivates me and it puzzles me that there hasn’t been a small-screen re-make of that wonderful 1970s series.

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Jackie Kay: Scotlandís poet of the people
The Guardian, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 22nd Mar 2016

 

Last week, the Glaswegian was named as her country’s new poet laureate. Fans point to her rare combination of literary merit with great accessibility, making her a popular choice to reframe Scottishness
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Councils want revolution in local democracy
The Herald Scotland, by David Ross
Date: 22nd Mar 2016
Scotland’s cash-strapped councils are calling on politicians from all parties, to launch a revolution in local democracy within the first few months after May's Holyrood election.
 
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Saving work-based training for young people in Scotland
Sandy Campbell, Director Founder of WorkingRite
Date: 22nd Mar 2016
Is Scotland sleep-walking into a failed English system for our young people?  
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Letter to Guardian
by Peter Newsam
Date: 18th Mar 2016

The Guardian defines an academy as “independent of local authorities” (Plan to turn all schools into academies, 16 March). The proper definition is contained in the Education Act 2002

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It's not enough to condemn the Budget, our parties must offer a new way forward
The National, by Patrick Harvie
Date: 18th Mar 2016

Like many people, whenever I see George Osborne pop up on the TV screen, I can’t help wishing that vote in September 2014 had gone the other way, and that Scotland was preparing to take responsibility for its own economy later this month.

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OSCR releases guidance for charity trustees on the EU referendum
Third Sector, by Andy Ricketts
Date: 17th Mar 2016
Charity umbrella bodies say it contrasts with that issued by the Charity Commission for England and Wales, which was criticised earlier this week
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Scottish Government rejects charity 'gagging' clause
The Herald Scotland, Stephen Naysmith
Date: 17th Mar 2016

A "gagging" clause designed to muzzle charities who speak out about controversial policies will not be enforced by the Scottish Government.

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Report: ĎThe independence of the voluntary sector is under serious attack
Civil Society, by Kirsty Weakley
Date: 17th Mar 2016

The charity sector faces fundamental challenges to its independence, largely from government, according to a report published today.

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A Leonardo da Vinci painting, a Country Park and a secrecy jurisdiction Ė the offshore interests of the Scott family.
by Andy Wightman and Carole Ross
Date: 17th Mar 2016
Mr Richard Scott (sometimes referred to as the Duke of Buccleuch) is frequently cited as the owner of the largest extent of private land in the United Kingdom. Yet, this has never been entirely accurate.
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Presiding officer calls for Holyrood second chamber
BBC News
Date: 17th Mar 2016

Holyrood Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick has said she believes the Scottish Parliament should have a second chamber to revise legislation.

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The Presiding Officer is right - we need to reform Holyrood's committees
The Herald Scotland, by Magnus Gardham
Date: 17th Mar 2016

It's a non-starter, of course. And Tricia Marwick, Holyrood's Presiding Officer, accepted as much even as she explained her support for a second chamber, fulfilling a similar role to the House of Lords, at the Scottish Parliament.

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Policy paper: Understanding mission-led businesses: terms of reference
UK Government
Date: 17th Mar 2016
New businesses are emerging that seek to achieve social as well as financial impact.  These businesses have a mission to address critical social problems. They are choosing to protect this mission without using familiar social sector legal forms, such as a charity or a community interest company. We call these “mission-led businesses”.
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Government publishes new plans to make the UK a global social investment hub
UK Government
Date: 17th Mar 2016

Social investment uses private capital to generate social as well as financial returns. It helps social sector organisations do more by providing the capital they need to provide their services, grow or become more sustainable.

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A hatchet job so lethal, you almost feel sympathy for Blair: Review of Broken Vows by Tom Bower
The Herald Scotland, by Iain Macwhirter
Date: 17th Mar 2016

Tony Blair used to complain about the “feral beasts” in the tabloid press. Now, he’d be forgiven for complaining about feral historians, if this first full-scale political biography is to be taken as a benchmark

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Weíll never live forever: letís look at end-of-life care differently
The Guardian, by Archie Bland
Date: 17th Mar 2016
A BMA report finds flaws in care for those who are dying. Immortalilty is not all it’s cracked up to be, as Gulliver found out - and it’s better to die on your own term
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Massively rushed Land Reform Bill is not perfect - but itís a good start
The National, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 17th Mar 2016
So, do we now have a radical Land Reform Act?  Well, sort of. As Commonspace’s Michael Gray put it yesterday - the only member of the press present and tweeting - “Bad week for UK’s biggest landowner the Duke of Buccleuch. His tax haven exposed & now he’ll pay tax on his shooting estate.”
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Curl up with a good book as social enterprise goes online
Third Force News, by Susan Smith
Date: 15th Mar 2016

Scotland's social enterprise bookstore is set to give Amazon a run for it's money with the launch of a new sales website.

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Social enterprise hailed as world leader by Unesco
Third Force News, by Robert Armour
Date: 15th Mar 2016
Social enterprise promoting Scotland's only biosphere gets world recognition for its work
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Working for Third Sector-led Social Investment and the Common Good
Senscot
Date: 15th Mar 2016

The new reality … current BSC Chair Harvey McGrath recently told a Westminster Civil Society All Party Group (May 2014) that products of ‘blended capital

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Reflections on Senscotís AGM: Things really can be different.
By Barry Knight
Date: 11th Mar 2016

There are three reasons why the social enterprise sector in Scotland is the envy of the world. First, there is the impressive array of non-profit enterprises, social firms, and community philanthropies

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I shower once a week. Hereís why you should too
The Guardian, by Donnachadh McCarthy
Date: 10th Mar 2016

Daily showering is expensive, polluting and unnecessary. The old-school weekly bath or shower – with a brief daily sink-wash – is healthier for the environment, and for us.

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Trumpís success shows many Americans believe only in America
The Guardian, by Giles Fraser
Date: 10th Mar 2016

It has long been presumed that America is more Christian than Europe. But it’s a myth. Of course, way more people go to church in America. And you can’t become president without holding up your floppy Bible and attending prayer breakfasts

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Lobbying 'loophole' will allow firms to avoid scrutiny, claim transparency campaigners
The Herald Scotland, by Peter Swindon
Date: 10th Mar 2016
Transparency campaigners have slammed the Scottish Government for making a last-ditch change to new lobbying legislation which would allow dozens of organisations to avoid scrutiny.
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Local People Leading - A Vision for a Stronger Community Sector
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 10th Mar 2016

Scotland’s community-based networks have collaborated over a six-month period to produce this joint vision of how Scotland’s community sector can grow and develop.  

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What social enterprise will look like in 2020
The British Council
Date: 10th Mar 2016

Social enterprise advisor for the British Council Juliet Cornford presented the summit with a vision of social enterprise in the year 2020. Her speech was based on a British Council report.

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Developing the Young Workforce
Kibble Education and Care Centre
Date: 3rd Mar 2016
The Experience is a work integrating social enterprise for youth employment and training in the leisure and hospitality sector. It offers go-karting, laser experience, a large restaurant, events space, and other leisure activities. 
 
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Finnish Penal Policy
Nordic Horizons
Date: 3rd Mar 2016

 

Humza Yousaf MSP, the host introduced  Dr Tapio Lappi-Seppälä, Director, National Research Institute of Legal Policy, Finland. 
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Local tax is crying out for a radical overhaul
The National, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 3rd Mar 2016
Nicola Sturgeon is the most popular politician in the UK - not just Scotland - and perceived to be one of the most progressive. Her party cleaned up at the General Election and looks set to sweep the board in the Scottish elections this May. 
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Donít Cringe in My Backyard
Bella Caledonia, by Stuart Cosgrove
Date: 3rd Mar 2016

Stuart Cosgrove destroys the cultural cringe around a Scottish Six.

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Let our skilled and experienced journalists go it alone for an hour on BBC Scotland
The National, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 3rd Mar 2016
There was something inadvertently appropriate about the Scottish Daily Mail being leaked plans for a Scottish Six news programme from a source in London last week.
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BrewDogís open-source revolution is at the vanguard of postcapitalism
The Guardian, by Paul Mason
Date: 3rd Mar 2016

By sharing their recipes, the Scottish-based brewery shows a modern understanding of intellectual property. This approach won’t destroy capitalism, but it does challenge its dynamics

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No prosecutions for failure to pay minimum wage
The Ferret, by Peter Geoghegan
Date: 3rd Mar 2016

There were no prosecutions for failure to pay the National Minimum Wage last year, The Ferret can reveal.

 

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Taxpayers Subsidise Big Business by an Estimated £11 billion a Year
Citizens UK, by Jonathan Cox
Date: 3rd Mar 2016

The UK’s low pay culture is costing tax payers £11 billion per year according to research released by community organising charity, Citizens UK, today.

 

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