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Let's change the terrain and target open minds
Tommy Sheppard
Date: 31st May 2016

Four elections and a referendum: It’s been a helluva five years. With the new SNP Government now sworn in the party can at last move off a permanent war footing. It’s time to take stock, re-group and plan.

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Working out the right level of charity reserves
Third Force News
Date: 31st May 2016
Margaret Birse says there's no simple answer to how much cash a charity should hold in reserve but it's important trustees set a policy
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SOCIAL: MORTGAGE
ASB
Date: 26th May 2016
What is a social: mortgage?  Currently the only social mortgage in the UK, it is called a social mortgage for 3 reasons.
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Press Release - Social:Mortgage
Airdrie Savings Bank (ASB)
Date: 26th May 2016

Cashback for Scotland third sector from ASB’s “Social: Mortgage”

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Ken Loach's win is cheering - but the bluntness of I, Daniel Blake may shock Brits
The Guardian, by Henry Barnes
Date: 26th May 2016

No one would begrudge the great director his second Palme d’Or victory for a drama with a noble, emphatic message. But it also illustrates the differences between the Cannes crowd and the wider film audience.

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Universal Basic Income: An idea whose time has come?
Compass
Date: 26th May 2016

This paper examines the desirability and feasibility of introducing a universal basic income (UBI) scheme in the UK. It examines the merits of such a scheme, how it might be implemented and what role it might play in the search for a good society, one that is more equal, sustainable and democratic

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Our thriving new media landscape needs your cash to keep up its work
The National, by Pat Kane
Date: 26th May 2016
From out of the mists of cyberspace, they’re looming towards you, like chuggers you know you won’t be able to avoid … two indy-friendly websites are starting up their yearly fundraisers - Bella Caledonia this week and Common Weal next week.
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Walter Humes
Scottish Review
Date: 26th May 2016

I have great admiration for the skills of top golfers but none at all for the petty pomposities of some golf clubs. Muirfield, otherwise known (with no sense of irony) as 'The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers’, has been widely condemned for its decision to maintain its ban on women members

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A campaign to intorduce a kindergarten stage for children aged three to seven
Upstart Scotland
Date: 24th May 2016

Scotland’s children are Scotland’s future. To realise their full potential, they need the very best start to their education. The western countries with the best records in education don't start formal schooling till children are seven. 

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A campaign to intorduce a kindergarten stage for children aged three to seven
Upstart
Date: 24th May 2016

Scotland’s children are Scotland’s future. To realise their full potential, they need the very best start to their education. The western countries with the best records in education don't start formal schooling till children are seven. 

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Council agencies should be banned from becoming charities
Third Force News, by Robert Armour
Date: 20th May 2016

Local authority agencies operating as charities should not be allowed to register with OSCR a leading body has said.  

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Consortium
CRNS
Date: 19th May 2016

The organisations involved in the consortium are: 

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Local Govt but not as we know it
SCVO, by Martin Sime
Date: 19th May 2016

As the dust settles on the Scottish Parliament elections, attention turns to which parts of which manifestos will shape the new minority administration’s programme for government. There must be some interesting conversations going on behind closed doors.

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Universal basic income goes to public vote in Switzerland
The Independent, by Matt Payton
Date: 19th May 2016

'We need a basic income to allow each person to be his or her own entrepreneur, to choose what work he or she does,' says Gabriel Barta of the Basic Income Earth Network

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Revealed: 'Glasgow effect' mortality rate blamed on Westminster social engineering
The Herald Scotland, by Karin Goodwin
Date: 19th May 2016

The Scottish Office implemented social engineering policies that it knew to be damaging to the long-term health of Glaswegians, a new report on the so-called 'Glasgow effect' will reveal.

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Revealed: the perfect storm engulfing charity finance
Third Force News, by Graham Martin
Date: 19th May 2016

​Charities face increased demand for their services - but hugely reduced income, a bombshell TFN survey shows.

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Scottish Women’s Aid celebrates 40 years of progress in helping women
The Force News, by Paul Cardwell
Date: 17th May 2016
Scottish Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland are celebrating 40 years of pioneering work to end violence against women in Scotland with a ceilidh.
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Big Society Capital’s model should change, says Charity Finance Group
Civil Society, by Gareth Jones
Date: 17th May 2016

Big Society Capital is not delivering the right types of funding and should change its operating model, the Charity Finance Group has said.

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Wholesale change at Big Society Capital
Civil Society, by David Ainsworth
Date: 17th May 2016

David Ainsworth speaks to Cliff Prior as he begins his new role as head of Big Society Capital.

 

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French actress Madeleine Lebeau

Date: 16th May 2016
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Tricia Marwick calls for larger Holyrood committees
BBC
Date: 12th May 2016

Holyrood's presiding officer has set out reform proposals which would see fewer but larger and more powerful committees in the Scottish Parliament.

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Social investment Scotland wins cabinet office award
Business Quarter, by Ellen McGann
Date: 12th May 2016
Social Investment Scotland (SIS), which lends money to charities, has won a prestigious award from the cabinet office for its pioneering work on the SIS Community Capital Fund.
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Tranches and rewards
Community Shares Scotland
Date: 12th May 2016
Invest £250 - £749, Postcode restriction to IV postcodes in Scotland. 1 bottle Gin now, T-Shirt and bottle Whisky in year 3.
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Press Release: Glenwyvis community share offer well under way
Community Shares Scotland
Date: 12th May 2016

First half million mark reached in Glenwyvis community share offer to build first ever community-owned distillery in Scotland

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Leader of men
by Norman McCaig
Date: 12th May 2016

When he addressed then thousand faces worked by automation

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Book review: The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver
The Scotsman, by Allan Massie
Date: 12th May 2016

Set aside for the moment the possibility that prophesies may be realised, and there are few things more exhilarating than a good fictional dystopia.

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We may have lost on Thursday but the battle to represent working-class interests goes on
The National, by Cat Boyd
Date: 12th May 2016

After the referendum I could have walked away from radical politics. I could have joined the political mainstream, or continued in a job that paid well. 

 

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RISE: An election post-mortem
Bella Caledonia, by Jamie Maxwell
Date: 12th May 2016

RISE had a brutal election. There’s no disguising that. Fewer than 1000 votes in the Highlands and Islands. Barely 600 in the North East. Losing to Tommy Sheridan in Glasgow. There aren’t many silver linings in that gloomy vista.

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Scotland's social investment market: a snapshot
Pioneers Post, by Alastair Davies
Date: 12th May 2016
Is social investment in Scotland thriving or just about surviving? CEO of Social Investment Scotland Alastair Davies provides an overview of the sector. 
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Welcome to Marinaleda: The Spanish Anti-Capitalist Town With Equal Wage Full Employment and $19 Housing
Films for Action, By Jade Small
Date: 12th May 2016

With virtually no police, crime or unemployment, meet the Spanish town described as a democratic, socialist utopia. Unemployment is non-existent in Marinaleda, an Andalusian village in southern Spain that is prosperous thanks to its farming cooperative.

 

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Homeless World Cup co-founder hopes to bring social conscience and spirit to the top of Scottish sport
Daily Record, By Gordon Waddell
Date: 12th May 2016

 

World-class social entrepreneur Mel Young is co-founder and president of the Homeless World Cup, which comes home to Glasgow in July.
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I don't believe Labour is anti-Semitic, but the Livingstone row is a damaging prelude to election week
The Herald Scotland, by Iain Macwhirter
Date: 5th May 2016

Labour's anti-Semitism row is like something out of the satirical BBC comedy, The Thick Of It. Only the scriptwriters who dreamed up the Labour spin doctor, Malcolm Tucker, would have thought it too far-fetched. 

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A Palestinian view on the antisemitism row
The Guardian
Date: 5th May 2016
Jonathan Freedland (My plea to the left, 30 April) asks us to imagine if a country far away was created for black people and asks if the left would treat it as it does Israel. 
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Finland’s basic income experiment attracts interest
Nordic Labour Journal, by Carl-Gustav Lindén
Date: 5th May 2016
Finland’s planned empirical experiment with a universal basic income has attracted a lot of international interest before it has even started. An expert group has now presented its first preliminary report of how some social benefits could be replaced by a universal basic income. It will present a more comprehensive report towards the end of the year.
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The shelter that gives wine to alcoholics
The Guardian, by Tina Rosenberg
Date: 5th May 2016
Giving free booze to homeless alcoholics sounds crazy. But it may be the key to helping them live a stable life
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Blog: Inequality and the Social Finance One-Percentage
Robbie Davison - Director, Can Cook
Date: 5th May 2016

To make this dialogue interesting, I hope there is data out there to prove that what you will read next is wrong - I look forward to reading it and any responses.

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Is private equity really fit to run care homes?
The Guardian, by Graham Ruddick
Date: 5th May 2016

 

Operators hope extra money from council tax will ease pressure caused by falling fees and rising staff costs. But underlying problems could cause collapse
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Successful social enterprise becomes a charity
The Force News, by Graham Martin
Date: 5th May 2016

Workshop Aberfeldy has had a real and positive impact on the commuity.

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