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Civil society is key to tackling public spending deficit
Stephen Maxwell, TfN
Date: 31st Aug 2010

 AS presented by some of Scotland's regular media commentators the UK's current budget  deficit speUs the end of the modest experiment in extending social  democracy pursued by successive  Scottish governments since the  creation of the Scottish Parliament just eleven years ago. 

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Revealed: the £13bn at the heart of a global protest
Rob Edwards, The Herald
Date: 26th Aug 2010

 This weekend, Royal Bank of Scotland is facing its biggest protests in a long history of protests. Environmental groups and hundreds of climate protesters are camped on the lawn at RBS’s Gogarburn headquarters, on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

 
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RBS SE100 Data Report
Social Enterprise Live
Date: 26th Aug 2010

The RBS SE100 index is about gathering facts and figures about great social businesses, charting both growth and social impact. Here's a breakdown of activity in Scotland, as well as showing the five fastest growers (from those organisations operating for at least three years)

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The Poor Had No Lawyers
Andy Wightman
Date: 26th Aug 2010

 The Poor Had No Lawyers. Who Owns Scotland (and how they got it), will be published by Birlinn in October.

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How a little praise in prison can go a long way
Erwin James, The Guardian
Date: 26th Aug 2010

The Koestler Trust recognises prisoners who embrace the arts, and that praise goes a long way, says Erwin James

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Alternatives to payday lending need banks' support
Faisel Rahman, The Guardian
Date: 26th Aug 2010

While banks charges remain punitive and non-profit alternatives small scale, there are few viable alternatives to payday lenders, says Faisel Rahman

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Sector sets out vision for ‘new Bura’
Jill Theobald, New Start
Date: 26th Aug 2010

The British Urban Regeneration Association’s anticipated replacement must have a strong focus on local people and communities, continue a knowledge sharing function and embrace new technology, according to leading figures.

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Alternatives to payday lending need banks' support
Faisel Rahman, The Guardian
Date: 26th Aug 2010

While banks charges remain punitive and non-profit alternatives small scale, there are few viable alternatives to payday lenders, says Faisel Rahman

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How can we increase supply of capital to the third sector?
Third Sector, John Kingston
Date: 20th Aug 2010

John Kingston looks at the role the Big Society Bank and other lenders can play

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Nick Hurd interview: Tories aim for a sector transformed
Third Sector
Date: 19th Aug 2010

The Minister for Civil Society tells Stephen Cook about cuts in spending and the Conservative vision of the voluntary sector's future.

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How can football clubs capture the social value of the beautiful game?
David Conn, The Guardian
Date: 18th Aug 2010

Football still has vast social value despite financial crises. Do we need more supporter-owned clubs to restore its rightful place at the heart of communities, asks David Conn

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Can Big Society fit into Scotland
Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman
Date: 18th Aug 2010

 The prevalent reaction of many people I know in Scotland to David Cameron’s idea of ‘the Big Society’ is to pour scorn on to it, and dismiss it as window dressing for the forthcoming cuts.

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The Wise Group

Date: 18th Aug 2010

The Wise Group has registered its interest to the Department for Work and Pensions to be considered as a Framework Provider for the Work Programme for both Scotland and the North East of England, and is currently putting together a bid.

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Speech: Jimmy Reid
Jimmy Reid
Date: 13th Aug 2010

Full text of the speech given by the late Jimmy Reid at his inauguration as rector of Glasgow University in 1972.

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Francis Maude Launches Pathfinder Mutuals
Cabinet Office
Date: 13th Aug 2010

The first wave of Pathfinder mutuals, to be run by entrepreneurial public sector staff, who want to take control of their services, has been announced today by Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude.

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Jimmy Reid: Inspirational trade unionist who led the work-in at Upper Clyde which reversed government policy on the docks
Tam Dalyell, The Independent
Date: 12th Aug 2010

James Reid, trade union activist, politician, journalist and broadcaster: born Govan 9 July 1932; married Joan Swankie (three daughters); died Greenock 10 August 2010.

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Charities secure date at Court of Session to fight eviction by council
David Ainsworth, Third Sector Online
Date: 12th Aug 2010

Capacity Building Project wins a hearing in Scotland's highest civil court

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Diversity at risk as OCS slashes strategic partners
Chrisanthi Giotis, Social Enterprise Live
Date: 12th Aug 2010

Social enterprise support organisations are in danger of losing the government’s ear after news that the Office for Civil Society is to slash its strategic partners programme.

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The clock is ticking on Cameron's Big Society
Dai Powell, The Guardian
Date: 5th Aug 2010

By encouraging local empowerment, David Cameron's Big Society is a great step forward but cuts to grant programmes could jeopardise the very organisations that will need to deliver the agenda

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Letter from Scottish Government on Third Sector Interfaces
Geoff Pearson
Date: 5th Aug 2010

Third Sector Interfaces: Approaching completion

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Comment on Citizen Volunteering
Eileen Stirling
Date: 5th Aug 2010

Had to answer you with regards to Volunteer citizens, I have been a volunteer within the community sector for yes, going on 29/30 years, overall it has been brilliant and I have really enjoyed what I have been doing. I am however very concerned about how things could possibly go in the very near future.

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GHA Board gives go-ahead for three more second stage transfer ballots
Sandra Forsythe
Date: 5th Aug 2010

More than 1200 Glasgow tenants in Glasgow will be given the opportunity to vote in September on plans to transfer their Glasgow Housing Association homes to community ownership.

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The 2010 SURF Awards is now open for applications
SURF
Date: 5th Aug 2010

Entries are now being accepted for the SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration. The SURF Awards are supported by the Scottish Government's Scottish Centre for Regeneration (SCR), and independently judged by a panel of representatives drawn from relevant national organisations and community groups.
 

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New £50 million fund to support urban regeneration in Scotland
Learning Network
Date: 5th Aug 2010

You may be interested to know that the Scottish Government has signed a funding agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to establish a new £50 million fund to support urban regeneration in Scotland.

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Have you got the right support to meet Scottish Government’s deadline for ‘interface’ development?
Social Enterprise Academy
Date: 5th Aug 2010

The Scottish Government 3rd Sector team have now published the path which they expect voluntary sector, volunteering, and social enterprise support networks to follow as the sector is asked to move towards establishing Third Sector Interfaces.

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