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Co-op rebrand sees 'divi' return
BBC
Date: 30th Aug 2006
The UK's largest co-operative society has launched a £100m revamp of its brand, introducing a new profit-share dividend scheme for shoppers. ...more

Nurseries ‘face closure’ over skills drive
Kevin Scholfield
Date: 30th Aug 2006
Nurseries could be forced to close as a result of Scottish Executive plans to make staff in the pre-school sector better qualified, it was claimed yesterday. ...more

Concern over award of fuel poverty contract to Scottish Gas
Alastair Jamieson
Date: 29th Aug 2006
Politicians and campaigners expressed dismay yesterday after a contract to carry out the Scottish Executive's fuel poverty programme was awarded to Scottish Gas - a firm whose bills have soared 22 per cent since March. ...more

Social enterprise working standards

Date: 29th Aug 2006
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New Guidance for Scottish charity trustees
Senscot
Date: 29th Aug 2006
Scottish charity regulator OSCR has published new guidance for charity trustees, outlining their duties under the recent charities legislation north of the border. ...more

SFHA denies letting down break away members
Third Force News
Date: 29th Aug 2006
Scotland's largest housing body has defended itself against allegations that it has failed to support community housing organisations in Glasgow. ...more

Labour plans to cut Scottish Enterprise in two
Douglas Fraser
Date: 28th Aug 2006

Split follows disagreement between coalition parties and will create a new quango dedicated to acheiving full employment.

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Britain’s recycling record among the worst in Europe
Andrew Grice
Date: 28th Aug 2006
With only Greece and Portugal recycling a smaller proportion of their waste than Britain, there is a call for local authorities to charge a "pay-as-you-throw" fee for collecting non-recyclable rubbish....more

£60m to reverse Paisley's fortunes
BBC Scotland
Date: 23rd Aug 2006
The study says retail in the town would "never return to what it was" and warned it could continue to shrink. ...more

Public split on Scottish wind farms
Planning Resource
Date: 22nd Aug 2006
A survey has found public views are split over whether the building of major wind farms on Lewis in the Western Isles should go ahead. ...more

Call to end affordable housing "lottery"
Senscot
Date: 22nd Aug 2006

Debate on housing crisis grows, as Shelter warns Cameron's 'revolution' will exacerbate the problem, and FPA calls for increased private sector role. 

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Survey reveals UK’s worries over green spaces
Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Date: 21st Aug 2006
Nearly half the UK population is concerned about losing green spaces, according to research published this week....more

Government accused of thwarting charity 'voice'
Third Sector magazine
Date: 18th Aug 2006
Miliband urged to educate Government colleagues about the benefits of charity campaigning. ...more

Social Enterprises to Get Affordable Online Advice
Third Sector
Date: 17th Aug 2006
Social Enterprise London to pilot a new online business consultancy programme designed for social enterprises, not-for-profits and charities that cannot afford standard advisory fees. ...more

Scots in poor areas are ‘less content'
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 14th Aug 2006
People in Scotland's most deprived areas are less positive about their neighbourhoods and more likely to perceive anti-social behaviour as a problem than those living in more affluent communities, according to a major survey. ...more

£475,000 boost for Dundee community projects
Senscot
Date: 11th Aug 2006
Two projects in Dundee which will help different community groups in the city find new and improved premises have been given a boost today....more

Unpaid jobs set to work wonders for depression
Jane Bradley
Date: 11th Aug 2006
GPs will refer patients to volunteer services in Edinburgh in a bid to help them meet people and get involved in the community. ...more

Charities at risk as donations from public lag behind state funding
Alison Benjamin
Date: 11th Aug 2006
Report warns of sapped vitality of voluntary sector. Groups berated for cost of top salaries and publicity. ...more

Eaga frozen out of Warm Deal
Simon Bain
Date: 8th Aug 2006
The Scottish Executive has dropped the UK's most successful social enterprise, Eaga Group, from its fuel poverty programme in favour of British Gas, weeks after promising to open up more public sector contracts to social enterprises....more

Community warden scheme extended
BBC
Date: 8th Aug 2006
Two new community wardens are to help tackle anti-social behaviour in parts of Angus where police have identified a particular need. ...more

CBI: communities must have more say over their public services
CBI
Date: 8th Aug 2006
Public service reform in local government will only succeed if local communities are more engaged in deciding how services operate, according to the CBI. ...more

Glasgow to get CDFI to offer loans to individuals
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 7th Aug 2006
The first community development finance institution (CDFI) in Glasgow to offer loans to disadvantaged people could be launched next year by a city housing association. ...more

Glasgow to get CDFI to offer loans to individuals
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 7th Aug 2006
The first community development finance institution (CDFI) in Glasgow to offer loans to disadvantaged people could be launched next year by a city housing association....more

Deprived areas to get no-fee cash dispensers
Jamie Carpenter
Date: 7th Aug 2006
Two high street banks are to install free-to-use cash dispensers in some of the UK's most deprived neighbourhoods....more

Deprived areas to get no-fee cash dispensers
Jamie Carpenter
Date: 4th Aug 2006
Two high street banks are to install free-to-use cash dispensers in some of the UK's most deprived neighbourhoods. ...more

First buy-out by an urban group of a commercial building
Senscot
Date: 2nd Aug 2006
Residents are set to buy a bank in Neilston, becoming the first urban area in Scotland to use community right-to-buy legislation....more

Tories ask big hitters to help develop policy
Third Sector
Date: 2nd Aug 2006
ACEVO to warn Conservatives "not to think that public service reform is about services on the cheap"...more

Bid to broaden youth work appeal
Scottish Executive
Date: 1st Aug 2006
A consultation on plans to get more young people involved in activities and youth organisations was launched today. ...more

New Life for Town Centres
Scottish Executive
Date: 1st Aug 2006
New Scottish Executive planning policy will promote a wider social and economic role for Scotland's town centres it was reported today. ...more
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