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Health Inequalities Policy Review Commission

Date: 30th May 2014

 Neil Findlay MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well-Being initiated a Health Inequalities Policy Review Commission in May 2014

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Photo of Glasgow Fireman Statue

Date: 28th May 2014
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Launch of New Community Shares Support Programme
DTAS
Date: 28th May 2014

A new community shares programme enabling communities to invest in their own futures is being launched today (27 May) in Perth.

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Senscot Discussion Paper - Extract
Senscot
Date: 28th May 2014

2.0: The fundamental importance of the third sector

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‘Mammon’s Kingdom: An Essay on Britain, Now’, by David Marquand
FT.com, By Jason Cowley
Date: 28th May 2014

Mammon’s Kingdom: An Essay on Britain, Now, by David Marquand, Allen Lane, RRP£20

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Post-election statement: Leaving the 20th century
Compass
Date: 28th May 2014

The weekend’s election results reveal politics in a state of flux – change is in the air and we need to understand why and what we do about it.

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Revving the trust engines?
Beanbags and Bullsh!t
Date: 28th May 2014

In a period where social sector policy ideas increasingly seem as disposable as the managers of struggling premiership football teams, many more casual observers of developments in social enterprise wonkery may have entirely missed ‘Trust Engines’.

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Lesley Riddoch: Will the SNP grasp the thistle?
The Scotsman, By Lesley Riddoch
Date: 28th May 2014

The government need only look to Ireland to see that ending top-down ownership works, writes Lesley Riddoch.

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Report Recommends Comprehensive Land Reform in Scotland
Land Reform Review Group
Date: 23rd May 2014

A major new report into the future of land and property across Scotland has called for significant reforms to ensure that the way land is owned and used puts the public interest first.

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Big Issue Invest Scotland (BIIS)
Big Issue Invest Scotland (BIIS)
Date: 22nd May 2014

Big Issue Invest Scotland (BIIS) is a new joint venture between Big Issue Invest (the social investment arm of The Big Issue) and DSL Business Finance. This venture has been established to provide social investment and loan finance to social enterprises, social ventures and third sector organisations in Scotland.

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Interview: Steve Wyler
Third Sector
Date: 22nd May 2014

Steve Wyler is moving on from Locality after fifteen years.

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Senscot Discussion Paper - Working for Third Sector-led Social Investment and the Common Good
Senscot
Date: 22nd May 2014

In August 2012 Senscot circulated a discussion paper expressing concern about the direction of social investment in the UK, particularly the growing emphasis on investor profit. This paper updates the discussion in the light of subsequent events and new thinking.

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Editorial: Publication of senior charity salaries should become the norm
Third Sector
Date: 21st May 2014

Publication of senior pay levels should become the norm, writes Stephen Cook.

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Child protection services too important to be privatised
The Guardian
Date: 21st May 2014

We are senior professionals with many years of practice, management, education and research experience in child protection nationally and internationally. We are very concerned that the government consultation, launched with a very short period of only six weeks, intends that all children's social work services in England, including child protection, be opened up to the market and without regulation.

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I'd vote yes to rid Scotland of its feudal landowners
The Guardian, By George Monbiot
Date: 21st May 2014

The scoured, scorched Highlands could be brought to life – maybe an independent nation will have the courage to act.

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Scottish referendum: we won't need your peacekeepers after the vote
The Observer, By Kevin McKenna
Date: 21st May 2014

Scotland is a grown-up nation enjoying a political renaissance and calls for 'reconciliation' after the vote are misplaced.

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Developing methods for evidencing social enterprise as a public health intervention
Glasgow Caledonian University
Date: 21st May 2014
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An Introduction to Community Shares & the Community Shares Scotland Programme
Community Shares Scotland
Date: 15th May 2014

Community Shares Scotland - Opening Roadshow Event - delivered by DTA Scotland, Plunkett Foundation, Co-operatives UK & Rocket Science

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Income Inequality in the UK
Inequality Briefing
Date: 15th May 2014

Income inequality has become an increasingly important political issue in recent months. Our new 3 minute animation outlines the size of the paygap and compares the situation with other European countries, where similar levels of total income are shared much more evenly, meaning that people at the bottom and in the middle have more.

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The continuing development of Scottish sport – including the impact of independence
Working Group on Scottish Sport, Scottish Government
Date: 15th May 2014

Scotland is viewed throughout the world as a nation that loves sport

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MSPs unanimously pass Procurement Reform Bill
BBC Democracy Live
Date: 15th May 2014

MSPs unanimously passed the Procurement Reform Bill on 13 May 2014.

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Show leadership
The Scotsman
Date: 15th May 2014

Today, the Scottish Parliament votes on the final stage of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill. This important legislation will govern how around £9 billion is spent on public sector goods and services each year.

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Social capital matters
John Tizard
Date: 14th May 2014

Social capital matters. It holds communities together. It ensures resilience. It enables communities to support themselves and those members of the community who for whatever reason and, for however long, become in need of support

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The end of the beginning
Beanbags and Bullsh!t, By David Floyd
Date: 13th May 2014

“The sun always shines on Big Society Capital & sometimes out of it” – so said Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, addressing the sharp suited changemakers escaping the summer rain to hear the uplifting speeches (followed by fine wine and disruptively innovative canapés) at the 2nd birthday party for popular social investment wholesale finance institution, Big Society Capital (BSC), earlier this month.

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Over £2 million for third sector
Scottish Government
Date: 13th May 2014

Enterprising help for vulnerable people in Scotland.

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Iglu Bar and Restaurant for sale
Iglu CIC
Date: 13th May 2014

The lease for Iglu Bar and Restaurant is for sale. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to buy the Scottish Sustainable Restaurant of the Year 2014.

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Sport Conference Presentations
Senscot
Date: 12th May 2014

Sport conference presentations

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£16M Social Fund for Scotland Opens for Business: Press Release
Social Investment Scotland
Date: 9th May 2014

Scotland’s leading funder for the third sector, Social Investment Scotland (SIS), has today (Thursday 8 May) opened the doors to a new £16M Social Growth Fund for Scotland.

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Senscot Partnership & Procurement Co-ordinator Vacancy
Senscot
Date: 8th May 2014

Senscot has a vacancy for a Partnership & Procurement Co-ordinator.

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Call for applications for the next round of Community Jobs Scotland
SCVO / CJS
Date: 8th May 2014

 We are pleased to announce that Community Jobs Scotland is again open for applications from third sector employers.

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Artists’ bursaries announced
Allmediascotland.com
Date: 8th May 2014

THIRTY-nine artists have received a total of £440,000 in bursaries of £5,000, £15,000 and £30,000 to support the ongoing development of their work through Creative Scotland’s Artists’ Bursaries programme.

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The Social Growth Fund
Social Investment Scotland
Date: 8th May 2014

£16m boost for Scotland's social enterprises.

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Extract from 'The third Scotland: self-organising, self-determining, suspicious of the SNP'
The Guardian, By Gerry Hassan
Date: 8th May 2014

One result of this has been the emergence of a self-organising, self-determining Scotland. I have called this "the third Scotland" by dint of it differentiating from the two establishment visions of Scotland – the new SNP one and the old declining Labour version.

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I Put a Spell on You by John Burnside – review
The Guardian, By Tessa Hadley
Date: 7th May 2014

'Women need to read this book' - it's a marvellous memoir and a revealing study of the nature of love.

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Thomas Piketty: the French economist bringing capitalism to book
The Guardian, Larry Elliott
Date: 7th May 2014

Piketty's Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century is that rare phenomenon, an economics tome that flies off the shelves.

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Email re. Artists' Union England
David Cook
Date: 7th May 2014
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Social impact bonds: is the dream over?
Guardian Professional, By Claudia Cahalane
Date: 7th May 2014

As the government announces its first Sib is to have its funding model reconfigured, we ask five experts what the future holds.

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Co-op's £140m farms sale aimed at Chinese buyers
The Observer, By Tracy McVeigh
Date: 7th May 2014

Troubled group angers green campaigners by insisting on single purchaser.

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The Scottish press is in decline – could it hold an independent Scotland to account?
The Guardian, By Ian Jack
Date: 7th May 2014

Even if Scotland doesn't vote for independence this year, its government and intitutions are becoming stronger and more complex – and ever more in need of intelligent scrutiny.

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Extract from 'UK's social investment bank turns two: Has it met expectations?'
Pioneers Post, By Sophie Hudson
Date: 1st May 2014

Robbie Davison, director of the social enterprise Can Cook, a Liverpool-based cookery school, says that while Big Society Capital has been an “ok vehicle” for creating some capability for social finance intermediaries, it has done “hardly anything” to impact social enterprises on the front line.

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Social impact bond pilot to be replaced by 'alternative arrangement'
Civil Society Finance, By David Ainsworth
Date: 1st May 2014

The third tranche of the pilot social impact bond project working with offenders at Peterborough Prison will be replaced with an “alternative funding arrangement”, the Ministry of Justice has decided.

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£30 million boost to improve the lives of Britain's most vulnerable young people
Gov.uk
Date: 1st May 2014

Social impact bonds will lead to innovation to tackle NEET (not in education, employment or training) issue.

A new £30 million package to help improve the prospects of up to 20,000 vulnerable young people was announced today by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

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Charity bosses urged to shun Help to Work programme
Third Force News, by Paul Cardwell
Date: 1st May 2014

The UK government's new job scheme forces unpaid labour says trade union Unite.

This is a warping of the true spirit of volunteering and will force the public to look differently at charities with which they were once proud to be associated.

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Wise Group Board Recruitment
Wise Group
Date: 1st May 2014

Are you interested in working with one of the UK’s leading social enterprises? Do you believe you could add value to our work and help increase the social impact we make?

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Taking power – the inspiring story of Tony Gibson
Ed Mayo
Date: 1st May 2014

We have lost one of our great community activists and innovators in participation this week. Tony Gibson, who developed the participatory toolkit, Planning for Real, and helped tough neighbourhoods across the country to turn around, died just short of his 95th birthday. He was a passionate, co-operative Quaker and a determined force of nature.

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Ministers announce football fans working group
Scottish Fans
Date: 1st May 2014

Supporters Direct Scotland is delighted to confirm that Sport and Commonwealth Games Secretary Shona Robison has announced the formation of an “independent working group that will look at how we can increase and improve fans involvement within football clubs”, on 22 April 2014.

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Join our Scotland conversation
Big Lottery Fund, By Landa Rolland
Date: 1st May 2014

The Big Lottery Fund is opening a dialogue about its future funding strategy in Scotland and across the UK. Here, Jackie Killeen, Scotland Director explains what we hope to achieve from Your Voice Our Vision and how you can get involved.

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The third Scotland: self-organising, self-determining, suspicious of the SNP
The Guardian, By Gerry Hassan
Date: 1st May 2014

Establishment visions rejected by the young, authority figures crumbling – Scotland has unambiguously become another country.

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