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The price of devolution is conflict: don't assume it's always a bad thing
Julian Dobson
Date: 29th Sep 2006
The discussion about devolving power calls for difficult trade-offs, negotiations and an understanding that conflict is often not only inevitable but also necessary. Instead of running scared, we need to create spaces where it can happen safely. ...more

A battle looms over decentralisation
Laurence Demarco
Date: 29th Sep 2006
The transfer of power to communities is a stated priority of New Labour during this, their third term of government. Powerful forces will resist decentralisation and sometimes I think they are stronger than us....more

Save me from the super-rich and their competitive compassion
Nick Cohen
Date: 28th Sep 2006
I think Gordon Brown is naive to believe he cam import the US's charitable culture like a container of machine tools being flown into Heathrow. But I may be wrong and on Tuesday, an organisation called the Fortune Forum will try to prove that I am by appealing to 'individuals of extreme wealth' to empty their bank accounts at a dinner in central London. ...more

Left in suspense
Annie Kelly
Date: 27th Sep 2006
The role of the third sector in delivering large parts of public services is suddenly no longer cut and dried, says Annie Kelly (Guardian) ...more

The good society
Jonathan Rutherford and Hetan Shah
Date: 26th Sep 2006
The approaching end of the Tony Blair era is an opportunity to redefine British society's fundamental values and public policies, say Jonathan Rutherford and Hetan Shah of the Compass project. ...more

Starship Social Enterprise
Camilla Cavendish
Date: 25th Sep 2006
The Napoleons of Hodge Hill are not just nimbys fighting to preserve the status quo. They have a vision for the land. If they could own and manage it, they would revitalise it. Restore the disused tennis courts and bowling green. Build a health centre on the site of a crumbling warehouse. They seek, in short, to make much more of this community asset than the council has. ...more

Travel troubles canít put a damper on far north community conference
Rural Gateway
Date: 25th Sep 2006
Last week's Initiative at the Edge (IATE) Conference was an outstanding success,  reviewing activity in the ten areas currently badged with IATE status and finding out about local community development activities and the operation of the Shetland Community Regeneration Partnership. ...more

Scotland shuns its community duty
Laurence Demarco
Date: 22nd Sep 2006
The Scottish Executive's latest regeneration statement makes virtually no mention of any community role in the regeneration process. The document could only come from an administration stuck in some municipal time warp....more

Capture value uplift to cut down poverty
Laurence Demarco
Date: 22nd Sep 2006
The single biggest mistake in social policy is to have all our poor people living together....more

South Africa opens its heart to the Homeless World Cup
Mel Young
Date: 21st Sep 2006
President Mbeke will open the event on Sunday with the world famous football star Eusebio kicking off the first game. Many well know South African players are expected to turn up to support the teams. With as many as 30,000 people are expected to turn up to see the opening day, Mel Young writes on a growing success story....more

Communities must feel listened to, not muzzled.
Ruth Kelly
Date: 21st Sep 2006

"From being reluctant decentralisers, I believe we have reached a tipping point. We must now instinctively hand down power unless there is a good case not to," says Communities minister Ruth Kelly.

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Social Enterprise and Government
David Lidington
Date: 19th Sep 2006
David Lidington says too often our models for solving political problems are intellectually coherent, but also present a misleadingly simple picture of how people organise their individual and collective lives. ...more

We have a dream today
Bryan Teixeira and David Janner-Klausner
Date: 19th Sep 2006
Social enterprises can deliver NHS services, but NHS commissioners must help. Bryan Teixeira and David Janner-Klausner list the qualities of their 'dream commissioner' ....more

Opening doors
Graham Mather
Date: 12th Sep 2006
Social enterprise is riding a wave, says Graham Mather, but there are still concerns about what it can really achieve ...more

New leadership will expand expert patients programme
Government News Network
Date: 12th Sep 2006
Health Minister announced appointments to the board of the first national social enterprise organisation that will provide self-management courses and services to people with long-term health conditions....more

Hopes and fears
Patrick Butler
Date: 12th Sep 2006

Politicians may trumpet the value of social enterprises, but they can still go wrong, writes Patrick Butler

 

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Why charity begins with big business
Laurence Demarco
Date: 8th Sep 2006
Given the scale of social and environmental challenges we face today, it's clear we must mobilise the business and financial sectors in a more serious way....more

Going wrong in Glasgow?
Property People
Date: 7th Sep 2006
57 Local Housing Organisations want to take over their own houses in Glasgow, but Glasgow Housing Association may not let them. Jimmy Black wonders why ......more

Bubb to be community Fund Chair
Holly Sutton
Date: 5th Sep 2006

Bubb will head the fund for community-led social enterprises, such as a Liverpool cafe

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Miliband offers £100k to sector
socialenterprise
Date: 5th Sep 2006
A new scheme to encourage more private investment in social enterprise has been unveiled by Ed Miliband, the minister for the Office of the Third Sector. ...more

Housing associations face a slow death unless they change
Susan Downer
Date: 5th Sep 2006
Housing associations that do not remodel themselves as community businesses would 'wither away', a new study has warned. ...more

Community wind farms likely in Highlands
Susan Downer
Date: 5th Sep 2006
Six Scottish housing associations are in talks aimed at delivering more community- owned wind farms in the Highlands and Islands ...more

SHFA merger may save Scotsí Ďwider actioní groups
socialenterprise
Date: 5th Sep 2006
An organisation set up to help Scottish housing associations get involved in social enterprise and regeneration could be saved by housing associations after losing government funding ...more

Atul Patelís enterprise tips
socialenterprise
Date: 5th Sep 2006
Atul Patel can claim to have seen the social housing sector from more angles than most. His career started as a youth and community worker and has included a spell as director of regulation for the housing corporation. ...more

When housing gets down to business
Susan Downer
Date: 5th Sep 2006
Housing association are waking up and finding themselves transformed into social enterprises. Are they right or are they still dreaming Susan Downer investigates the pros and cons of combining enterprise with the obligations of a social landlord....more

Growing Community Assets
Big Lottery Fund
Date: 1st Sep 2006

Lottery's 'Growing Community Assets' investment fund emphasizes on the  geographical place, which will bring a much needed boost to Scotland's undernourished community sector

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Helping offenders back into society
Laurence Demarco
Date: 1st Sep 2006
Restorative justice helps people to accept responsibility for their behaviour and such a programme in Scotland is showing successful results for victims and offenders....more
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