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It might be time to rationalise the regulation of social enterprise
Sam Burne James
Date: 28th May 2015

The UK’s third sector is a complex beast. Alongside registered charities – and their excepted and exempted counterparts – community interest companies are becoming a prominent sub-sector

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Agenda for Initial Stakeholder Meeting
Sesncot/Dundee SEN/Scottish Gov.
Date: 28th May 2015
Agenda – Initial Stakeholder Meeting, 4th June 2015

 

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Glasgow’s third sector is showing signs of struggling
Third Force News, by Paul Cardwell
Date: 28th May 2015

Demand for services is up despite funding drop and staff report stress and work overloads

 

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Transition Support
Senscot
Date: 28th May 2015

Senscot is providing support to link social enterprise and social enterprise thematic networks into the new integration arrangements, particularly in terms of building longer term social capital and sustainability.

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Glasgow’s third sector is showing signs of struggling
Paul Cardwell, Third Force News
Date: 27th May 2015

Demand for services is up despite funding drop and staff report stress and work overloads

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Additional Strengthening Communities Programme projects
Scottish Government
Date: 27th May 2015

List of additional Strengthening Communities Programme projects.

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Fund to strengthen communities
Scottish Government
Date: 27th May 2015

26 community-led organisations to receive investment for local regeneration.

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Land Reform Bill
BBC
Date: 21st May 2015

Ms Sturgeon described land reform as "unfinished business" for the Scottish Parliament, and promised a "radical programme" of reform so Scotland's land could be "an asset that benefits the many, not the few".

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Invite to U-Lab Scotland
The Scottish Government, by Kenneth Hogg
Date: 19th May 2015

I am writing to invite you to participate in and help lead a unique and innovative opportunity to transform communities, organisations and businesses across Scotland.

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How one small Scottish school could shake up education
The Guardian, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 19th May 2015

We should all support the plan to turn St Joseph’s in Milngavie into Scotland’s first community partnership school

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Is social enterprise becoming a reactionary force?
Open Democracy, by Rick Cohen
Date: 19th May 2015

Are 'benefit corporations' the harbinger of progressive change in the economy, or the soft edge of efforts to conserve the legitimacy of capitalism with a few marginal adjustments?

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Time for the Plural Sector
Stanford Social Innovation Review, by Henry Mintzberg
Date: 19th May 2015

When one sector of society becomes dominant—as the public sector did under communism and the private sector is now doing in the name of capitalism—societies go out of balance and people suffer. A healthy society requires a respected public sector, a responsible private sector, and a robust plural sector. Calling it “plural,” in place of inadequate labels like nonprofit or third, will help this sector take its rightful place alongside the other two and also help us to appreciate the unique role it has to play in restoring that balance.

 

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People’s movement plans to reboot local democracy
Third Force News, by Graham Martin
Date: 19th May 2015

​Start of a new movement which activists hope will lead to sweeping changes to grassroots decision making

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New £2.5m Skills & Opportunities Fund
Royal Bank of Scotland
Date: 14th May 2015

This week RBS announced  that a new £2.5m Skills & Opportunities Fund is open for applications until 12 noon on Friday 22 May.

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SIS Community Capital: Unlocking social investment tax relief for scotland's third sector
Social Investment Scotland
Date: 12th May 2015

For the first time in Scotland, UK investors will be able to invest their money in a pioneering fund for social good. We're aiming to raise £500k from UK investors by utilising the government's new Social Investment Tax Relief scheme (SITR).

 

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Labour almost twice as popular as Tories with sector voters, Ashcroft poll finds
Civil Society, by Alice Sharman
Date: 12th May 2015

Almost twice as many voluntary sector workers voted Labour as Conservative, according to a poll of people who voted in the general election, conducted by Lord Ashcroft.

 

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Etherington: ‘no government will find a vision for voluntary action’
Civil Society
Date: 12th May 2015

The chief executive of the NCVO has questioned whether charities have enough confidence in their ability to deliver change without government support, in his election day letter to the voluntary sector.

 

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SNP in need of effective opponents
The Scotsman, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 12th May 2015

SELF-STARTING community activists with a positive vision of change are filling vacuum left at Holyrood, writes Lesley Riddoch

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Message from a reader via Facebook

Date: 12th May 2015

"It's a beautiful day in Frome, Somerset today - the sun is shining. But that's not the real reason it is a beautiful day. Today the results of the town council elections were announced. 

 

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Left-wing and right-wing parties unite in call for a fairer voting system
The Independent, by Jon Stone
Date: 12th May 2015

Parties from across Britain’s political spectrum have called for reform of Britain’s electoral system in the wake of a highly disproportionate election result that ignored the preferences of a large chunk voters.

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For Scotland, independence day has already dawned
The Guardian, by Neal Ascherson
Date: 11th May 2015

Nicola Sturgeon was telling the truth when she said her campaign wasn’t about winning independence. Scots, submerging the nation under an SNP flood, weren’t seeking independence. They were doing it.

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How Scottish Labour came to be routed in the General Election
The Herald Scotland, by Tom Devine
Date: 11th May 2015

To understand the external collapse of the Scottish Labour Party at the General Election, we must see it in two phases.

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52 jobs lost as employment services organisation goes into liquidation
Third Force News, by Paul Cardwell
Date: 7th May 2015

Claverhouse, a social enterprise and charity in Dundee, has closed with immediate effect

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Tea in the Pot: Building ‘social capital’ or a ‘great good place’ in Govan?
By Maria Feeney and Chik Collins
Date: 7th May 2015

This report has looked at the activity of TITP in light of Oldenburg’s concept of the ‘third place’ as a ‘great good place’ in the life of a community. It is clear that there would be a good case for saying that TITP could be described as something like that – as a kind of a ‘great good place’ in Govan

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The problem with good guys vs. bad guys policing
Gregory J. Boyle, LA Times
Date: 6th May 2015

No sentence gets spoken more at Homeboy Industries than this one: “This is the longest I've ever been out.”

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Leading economist attacks austerity, praising Greens and SNP
Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, Business Scotland
Date: 6th May 2015

Professor Steve Keen said in an interview that the mainstream political parties approach to austerity and deficit management was naive.

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