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Third Sector Online, By David Ainsworth
Date: 31st Oct 2013

Karl Wilding of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which has jointly published the report, says his members fear PBR contracts are poorly constructed.

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In rude health
Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing
Date: 31st Oct 2013

15 years ago, one of the predecessors of the Big Lottery Fund – the New Opportunities Fund – created a special programme to establish healthy living centres across the UK. Scotland got funding for 46. At the outset they took all shapes and sizes and inevitably some fared better than others. But the idea was basically sound and this fledgling movement has thrived. Numbers have since grown to 74 and this year their national umbrella body rebranded. 

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The Crumb Road by Maitreyabandhu – review
The Guardian, By Sean O'Brien
Date: 31st Oct 2013

Spending time with this collection's rich but melancholy modesty will enrich the reader's attention.

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Howson opens 'incredible' children's garden
Herald Scotland, By Russell Leadbetter
Date: 31st Oct 2013

In the unlikely setting of ­Hamilton Academical's stadium yesterday, a familiar-looking figure was cheered and applauded as he cut a ribbon to open a community facility.

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Deputy First Minister keynote address 2013
The Scottish Government, By Nicola Sturgeon
Date: 31st Oct 2013

At the 9th Scottish National Procurement Conference and Procurex Exhibition Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister gave the following keynote address in the SECC, Glasgow on the 22 October 2013.

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EU procurement rules could herald a significant change to public services
The Information Daily, By Dan Gregory
Date: 31st Oct 2013

Emerging EU procurement rules could herald a significant change to how public services are procured and delivered, writes the Head of Policy at Social Enterprise UK.

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The ethical bank that offers salvation?
The Guardian, By Patrick Collinson and Rupert Jones
Date: 31st Oct 2013

On ethical grounds, it scores more than the troubled Co-op. Welcome to Reliance, the financial wing of the Salvation Army.

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The Psychological Tasks of Old Age
Victoria Fitch
Date: 31st Oct 2013

Our fairy tales and myths are full of the ''magical elderly''. Witches, sorcerers and wise magicians are generally pictured not as young, or even middle-aged, but as old. Even God, Jehovah, is seen as an elderly gentleman. In everyday mundane reality, however, old age is considered the least interesting phase of a person's life. Elderly people are often asked to stay out of the way, not to make waves, and not to be a nuisance to those who are younger.

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Grangemouth crisis: Unite union now accepts plant rescue plan
The Guardian
Date: 25th Oct 2013

Unite's leader, Len McCluskey, said shop stewards had decided they had to embrace the survival plan in the wake of Ineos's decision to close the petrochemicals complex

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Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2013
Social Enterprise Scotland
Date: 24th Oct 2013

Social Enterprise Scotland has announced the winners of the annual Social Enterprise Awards Scotland today.

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Shortlist for RBS - Finding Scotland's Real Heroes Series
STV
Date: 24th Oct 2013

The shortlist of community heroes that will feature in RBS - Finding Scotland's Real Heroes, a brand new STV series which will air this autumn, has been revealed.

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Conference in two weeks!
Community Energy Scotland
Date: 24th Oct 2013

The full programme for Scotland’s Community Energy Conference has been released today. With just two weeks to go before the event commences in Glasgow on Tuesday 5th November, the line up and sessions have been tweaked and finalised.

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Letter to the Editor of the Scotsman
Iain MacKinnon
Date: 24th Oct 2013

This is a letter to the Scotsman absolutely slating the SRUC's 'Family Estates and Rural Resilience' report.

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Spain's communist model village
The Observer, By Dan Hancox
Date: 24th Oct 2013

Marinaleda, in impoverished Andalusia, used to suffer terrible hardships. Led by a charismatic mayor, the village declared itself a communist utopia and took farmland to provide for everyone. Could it be the answer to modern capitalism's failings?

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Scottish Government Direct Support for Social Enterprise
Scottish Enterprise
Date: 24th Oct 2013

Direct support for social enterprises and enterprising third sector organisations spans the spectrum of pre-start and start-up to higher growth and internationally trading enterprises.

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Call for more power for community energy
Third Force News
Date: 24th Oct 2013

Greater public control of energy assets would not result in greater community ownership, a leading charity has warned.

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A debate about failure and social enterprise
Senscot
Date: 17th Oct 2013

The suggestion that our SE community is now mature and confident enough to openly discuss our mistakes and failures has struck a chord. We’re getting a trickle of volunteers willing to share their valuable and painful experiences. 

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Tam Cowan versus those spiteful, arid 'liberals'
The Observer, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 17th Oct 2013

Tam Cowan's column about women's football was not his best, but he hardly deserved to be hounded by a media lynch mob.

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Why BBC Scotland should fire its star presenter
Scottish Review, by Kenneth Roy
Date: 17th Oct 2013

It is possible that some people reading this have never heard of Tam Cowan. For that happy minority, a brief introduction may be necessary. He is a BBC sports broadcaster, a columnist with the Daily Record, a restaurant critic of sorts, a solo stage entertainer and an after-dinner speaker.

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Collaboration brings innovation
The Guardian, by Ruth Marvel and Owen Jarvis
Date: 17th Oct 2013

By supporting the social innovations of others, charities and housing associations could scale their impact and advance their own social missions.

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Wood, wind and sunny Govan
By Alastair Mclntosh
Date: 17th Oct 2013

After years of angst-ridden hand-wringing, Alastair Mclntosh has radically cut his domestic carbon footprint by combining a wood stove, solar panels and an air-to-air heat pump.

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Life, Meet Death: Talking to Kids about Mortality
Chronogram, by Robert Burke Warren
Date: 17th Oct 2013

Every parent enjoys sharing life's bounty with a child. In the early years, so much is new, fascinating, and often cause for joy: Bird! Butterfly! Ice cream! Generally, the teaching moments are more sweet than bitter.

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Panorama plans charity salary special
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 17th Oct 2013

BBC Panorama is currently producing a programme investigating charity chief executives' pay, to be broadcast in November, civilsociety.co.uk understands.

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Members of the Executive Pay Inquiry announced
Charity Times, By Andrew Holt
Date: 17th Oct 2013

NCVO has announced the members of the Executive Pay Inquiry that will draw up guidelines for charity trustees when deciding on pay levels for senior executives.

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Farewell, welfare state!
PressEurop, by Jose María Carrascal
Date: 17th Oct 2013

The deterioration in the public accounts of Europe's countries is putting at risk the survival of the welfare state. The search is now on for a new model, which could be built upon participatory democracy.

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The Scottish Community Banking Trust (SCBT)
Senscot
Date: 11th Oct 2013

The starting point for these proposals is that the third sector has a ‘public good’ role in society which is informed by different values than the mainstream economy - and as such it requires a financial infrastructure that understands its needs, shares its principles and operates specifically in the service of its mission

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Scotland Committee Members
The Big Lottery Scotland
Date: 10th Oct 2013

Can you help us spend £100m a year supporting people and communities in need throughout Scotland? The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is looking for 4 new members to our Scotland Committee.

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Scottish Affairs Committee Calls For Evidence On Land Reform In Scotland
Scottish Affairs Committee
Date: 10th Oct 2013

In July 2013 the Scottish Affairs Committee launched an open consultation on a programme of comprehensive land reform in Scotland.

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COSLA’s Vision for Local Democracy
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 10th Oct 2013

What do we really want from local democracy? Is it just a vehicle for delivering decent public services?  Or should it be the means by which we flex our democratic muscle and assert some local control over the state? 

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New Food Banks Partnership aims to offer support in wake of welfare reform
Food Banks Partnership Aberdeen
Date: 10th Oct 2013

A project to help people avoid developing a dependency on food banks in light of changes to the benefits system was launched in Aberdeen on Monday [07 October].

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Food banks are 'a slow death of the soul'
The Guardian, by Patrick Butler
Date: 10th Oct 2013

Canadian anti-poverty activist Nick Saul warns the UK against adopting a model that fails to tackle the causes of hunger

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Football fans should have the right to own their clubs
Daily Record, by Patrick Harvie
Date: 10th Oct 2013

Loyal supporters should be given the opportunity to purchase the clubs they hold dear to their hearts, rather than have them stuck as soulless profit machines.

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Rewild the Child
By George Monbiot
Date: 10th Oct 2013

A week in the countryside is worth three months in a classroom. What is the best way to knacker a child’s education? Force him or her to spend too long in the classroom.

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Cut Carbon Emissions Cost
Alastair McIntosh
Date: 10th Oct 2013

Some of you know that over this past year I’ve experimented, very successfully so far, with a system that has radically cut our domestic carbon footprint and energy costs.

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Join Impact Arts Board
Impact Arts
Date: 10th Oct 2013

Impact Arts is a national arts organisation which changes lives through the arts. We work in the fields of youth employment, services to older people, community arts and regeneration.

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Cultural & Creative SEN Newsletter
Sarah Cameron
Date: 8th Oct 2013

First Cultural and Creative Social Enterprise Network (CCSEN) newsletter.

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The Common Weal: We Need You to Build a Better Scotland
Indiegogo
Date: 3rd Oct 2013

The abolition of slavery and the emacipation of women began as ideas that led to action that changed history for the better. We Need new ideas for a new Scotland.

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First Brexit, then break-up
New Statesman, by David Marquand
Date: 3rd Oct 2013

The possibility of Britain’s exit from the EU raises important questions about our competing national identities - and the answers might even force England finally to come to terms with reality.

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Participatory Leadership and transformational change in Scotland
Art of Hosting
Date: 3rd Oct 2013

How can we create better, much better? How we can create better functioning societies, that are regenerative, and more resilient? How can we shape the future of a country to be better prepared for a more uncertain and perhaps more challenging world?

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Why failure can be the best platform for innovation
Guardian, by David Floyd
Date: 3rd Oct 2013

When it comes to social enterprises, failure can be a taboo subject but it can be a basis for innovative ideas

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Triodos Bank AGM: profits or philanthropy is a false choice
Blue & Green Tomorrow
Date: 3rd Oct 2013

More than 500 investors and savers gathered at the Old Passenger Shed in Bristol earlier this month for Triodos Bank’s annual general meeting (AGM). It was an event that very much broke free from the norm.

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Greenwich Leisure Limited 2013 5% Bond Issue from Triodos Bank
Triodos Bank
Date: 3rd Oct 2013

Triodos Bank, the sustainable bank, is working with GLL to raise £5m through a five year bond paying 5% gross fixed interest per year. London 2012 has shown how sport can inspire a generation. The challenge now is to build on this momentum and cement a deep and lasting legacy of community participation for future generations.

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Keep the lights on…but fairly
Pioneers Post
Date: 3rd Oct 2013

Ed Miliband's recent pledge to fix energy prices for householders and businesses for 20 months if Labour wins power has fired the starting gun for a cost of living election in 2015 and kicked off a debate around the energy sector, and how it might better serve customers and the wider community. Miliband's vision is to fix prices to fix the problem.

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Letter to The Independent
Seven Third Sector Leaders in England
Date: 3rd Oct 2013

It would be tragic if our national debate about energy returned us to the 1970s via a showdown between state intervention and big business.

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Back on the road for the referendum ... the return of the Bus Party
The Herald Scotland, byTom Gordon
Date: 3rd Oct 2013

In the final days before the 1997 devolution referendum, a constantly changing mix of artists, writers, poets and musicians shared a mini-bus on a 750-mile dash round Scotland to get the nation's democratic juices flowing with ideas, song and grown-up conversation free from politicians.

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European Structural and Investment Funds
SCVO
Date: 3rd Oct 2013

The Scottish Government has established three national shadow Strategic Delivery Partnerships (SDPs) to govern and shape the investment priorities of the new European Structural and Investment Fund Programme (2014 - 2020).

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