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New Economics
Date: 27th Nov 2014
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Sue Perkins announces winners of UK Social Enterprise Awards 2014
Social Enterprise UK
Date: 27th Nov 2014

Last night [Wednesday 26 November] winners of the 16th annual Social Enterprise Awards were announced during a ceremony held at LSO St Luke’s in central London.

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Nicola Sturgeon unveils first legislative programme as Scotland’s first minister
The Guardian , By Libby Brooks
Date: 27th Nov 2014

Sturgeon identifies 12 policy areas including land reform, in-work poverty, public health, gender equality and domestic abuse.

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Pope Francis attacks EU over treatment of immigrants
The Guardian, By Ian Traynor
Date: 27th Nov 2014

‘We cannot allow the Mediterranean to become a vast graveyard,’ pontiff tells the European parliament.

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Land Reform – the wait is over
Andy Wightman
Date: 27th Nov 2014

Nicola Sturgeon today announced the Scottish Government’s legislative programme for the remainder of this Parliament. It contains a proposal for a new Land Reform Bill as well as a Succession Bill and a review of the Council Tax. 

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A Social Enterprise Strategy For Scotland (Consultation)
Senscot; SFS; CEiS; Community Enterprise; the Social Enterprise Academy; SES; InspirAlba; HISEZ;
Date: 27th Nov 2014

A number of organisations active in supporting social enterprise in Scotland have been in discussion with a view to developing a ‘Social Enterprise Strategy for Scotland’

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Bank culture 'will take generation to change', says report
BBC News
Date: 27th Nov 2014

A "toxic" and "aggressive" culture inside British banks that led to scandals such as mis-selling will take a generation to change, a report says.

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Scottish minister says independence would boost third sector
Local Government Chronicle, By Greg Pitcher
Date: 27th Nov 2014

Independence would allow Scotland to further promote social enterprises, a senior minister has said.

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On #ric2014 and strategy for Scotland's New Left
Open Democracy, By Adam Ramsay
Date: 27th Nov 2014

The vast Radical Independence Conference shows the potential power of Scotland's radicals - if they can play their cards right.

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FIRSTPORT LANDS LEADING CHILDCARE ORGANISATION FOR DITTO PROGRAMME
Firstport
Date: 26th Nov 2014

A leading childcare provider based in the Capital is set to share the secrets of its business success with aspiring entrepreneurs.

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SCRT Crowdfunding Information
SCRT
Date: 20th Nov 2014

SCRT Crowdfunding Information

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Third Sector Interfaces need help to do more
Third Force News, By Susan Smith
Date: 20th Nov 2014

Third Sector Interfaces are succeeding in representing local organisations in community planning but need more support to strengthen their role.

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Enterprise and Collaboration: The way forward for community sport in Scotland
Sports Marketing Network
Date: 20th Nov 2014

A one-day event focussing on how Scotland's community sports providers can benefit themselves and their communities by developing and delivering innovative and enterprising programmes.

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Big Society Brouhaha: Silly old me and my middle-aged memory
Liam Black
Date: 20th Nov 2014

As the National Audit Office runs its second investigation into the funding of the Big Society Network, Liam Black recalls his time as a Nesta trustee asked to fund the network at a critical time in Nesta's own history.

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Demand an end to the exploitation of part-time market research interviewers by Ipsos MORI
Julian Roberts
Date: 20th Nov 2014
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Conference Timetable & Speakers
Radical Independence Campaign
Date: 20th Nov 2014

Here is the full timetable and list of speakers for the Radical Independence Conference 2014.

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Community share investment almost quadruples in two years
Civil Society Fundraising, By David Ainsworth
Date: 20th Nov 2014

Community share issues received £34m of investment in 2014, up from £9m two years ago, according to a recent report into crowdfunding.

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Perceptions are not reality: the top 10 we get wrong
Ipsos Mori
Date: 11th Nov 2014

King's College / Ipsos MORIA new survey by Ipsos MORI for the Royal Statistical Society and King’s College London highlights how wrong the British public can be on the make-up of the population and the scale of key social policy issues. 

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Campaign for Scottish Home Rule
Bella Caledonia, By Jennifer Dempsie
Date: 11th Nov 2014

If like me, as a frustrated independence supporter, have been trying to get your head round what Home Rule for Scotland could actually look like, then help might just be at hand.

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FIRST RURAL PARLIAMENT CLOSES WITH CALL FOR DEMOCRATIC RENEWAL
Scottish Rural Parliament
Date: 11th Nov 2014

Scotland’s first Rural Parliament has closed with a call for action to achieve a more empowered, connected and sustainable rural Scotland.

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Lesley Riddoch: The colour of social justice
The Scotsman, By Lesley Riddoch
Date: 11th Nov 2014

Nicola Sturgeon can only promise so much, but those seeking change expect the SNP to lead.

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Message from the Chair
Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy
Date: 11th Nov 2014

Why does local matter?  It matters because experience has shown that it is the only truly effective way of getting things done.

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Please, Mr Postman: a Memoir by Alan Johnson, review: 'beautifully evoked'
The Telegraph, By Sinclair McKay
Date: 11th Nov 2014

The second volume of Alan Johnson’s personal and political memoir is required reading.

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Charity Faces Closure After 45 Years
Limetree PR
Date: 11th Nov 2014

Mental Health Charity and Social Enterprise, Send-it, is to close its doors after 45 years, following a decision by Aberdeen City Council to cut its funding.

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Seed Truck Blog
Fergus Walker, Seed Truck Co-ordinator
Date: 11th Nov 2014

In a time when food banks are painfully prevalent in our society, it is starkly clear that there is something major that needs to be done to tackle these unacceptable levels of food poverty. Unfair welfare cuts from Westminster aside, one practical approach is for more people to begin growing and producing their own food - which puts power in people's hands, is healthy and costs very little.

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UK gains £20bn from European migrants, UCL economists reveal
The Guardian, By Alan Travis
Date: 6th Nov 2014

 

 
European migrants to the UK are not a drain on Britain’s finances and pay out far more in taxes than they receive in state benefits, a new study has revealed.
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Sector fears not-for-profits will be subservient in MoJ's Transforming Rehabilitation
Third Sector, By Sam Burne James
Date: 6th Nov 2014

Charities and sector figures react after the announcement yesterday of the preferred bidders for 21 regional payment-by-results contracts for the Ministry of Justice programme.

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Chi Onwurah: 'We intend to define what social enterprise means'
Third Sector
Date: 6th Nov 2014

But the shadow minister for social enterprise tells Andy Hillier that Labour's definition will not be too dogmatic.

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Quest for a voice
The Herald, By David Ross
Date: 6th Nov 2014

COUNTRYSIDE communities are gearing up for the launch of Scotland's first Rural Parliament which has been called to provide them with a cohesive voice for the first time.

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Small charities are running on empty
Civil Society Governance, By Judy Robinson
Date: 6th Nov 2014

Judy Robinson looks at the distinctive value of small voluntary and community organisations and how they can be better supported.

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The mischievous oracle
The Guardian, By Steven Poole
Date: 6th Nov 2014

A brilliant guide to quantum physics impresses Steven Poole.

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SIS Report
SIS
Date: 5th Nov 2014

We are delighted to now be able to share an evaluation of the £31.8m Scottish Investment Fund, launched by the Scottish Government in 2008/9 and making significant investments ever since in third sector organisations across Scotland. Now fully committed, almost 70 organisations have received social investment packages from the fund.

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DWP orders man to work without pay for company that let him go
Shiv Malik, By The Guardian
Date: 5th Nov 2014

 John McArthur is sanctioned by jobcentre after refusing ‘forced labour’ at firm where he was previously paid minimum wage.

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The British government is leading a gunpowder plot against democracy
The Guardian , By George Monbiot
Date: 5th Nov 2014

This bill of corporate rights threatens to blow the sovereignty of parliament unless it can be stopped.

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An appeal from Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales
Jimmy Wales
Date: 5th Nov 2014

Today I am going to ask you to support Wikipedia with a donation. This might sound unusual: Why does one of the world's five most popular web properties ask for financial support from its users?

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