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Community Development Foundation panel calls for 'a unified voice'
David Ainsworth, Third Sector
Date: 16th Dec 2010

 The government must identify which communities most need support, according to a new report produced by the panel

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This localism bill shows Eric Pickles is Hazel Blears in super-sized wolf's clothing
Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
Date: 16th Dec 2010

 Like his predecessors, communities secretary Eric Pickles set out on the road to localism but has swerved off into the fudge factory

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The Current Financial Climate and Pensions
Scottish Government
Date: 16th Dec 2010

The Scottish Government believes in encouraging people to save for their retirement. As a Third Sector organisation it is crucial that you are aware of recent changes to pension legislation and accounting requirements and the potential impact on your organisation.

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Community ownership can make Scotland better
SNP
Date: 16th Dec 2010

 Community organisations and groups should be given the opportunity to give derelict buildings or public spaces a new lease of life.  

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Swim centre 'a model for the future'
Ian Swanson, Edinburgh Evening News
Date: 16th Dec 2010

 A SWIM centre saved from closure could be used as a model to pioneer community-based management of public facilities.

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Breakthrough for wind and hydro schemes
Press and Journal
Date: 9th Dec 2010

 Eight community groups have overcome the last major hurdle with their wind and hydro power projects in the Western Isles.

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Project OsKar and Caring Christmas Trees

Date: 9th Dec 2010
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Wise Group wins Work Programme bid
TfN
Date: 9th Dec 2010

 ONE of the country’s biggest social enterprises has been chosen as the only third sector group in Scotland to be a main provider of the government’s new Work Programme.

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Securing the Benefits of Scotland
Scottish Government
Date: 9th Dec 2010

 The just exploitation of the environment is a challenge for every generation; to share our resources amongst our people, while preserving the integrity of our assets for future generations. It has been a central tenet of this administration that the assets of Scotland's land and water should be available to all and should be as widely enjoyed as possible.

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Community Development Alliance Scotland
SCVO
Date: 9th Dec 2010

 ‘Small State, Big Society’, interestingly, was a Chinese Government slogan in the 1990s. The ‘Big Society’ is currently something of an obsession in London, and has created an industry. 

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New social franchising scheme launches
Vibeka Mair, Civil Society
Date: 9th Dec 2010

 The Social Enterprise Coalition (SEC) and the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) have launched Scaling to Success, a new programme designed to support organisations looking to replicate their work through franchising.

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THE 2010 SURF AWARDS: Creating the real 'Big Society' in Scotlamd
SURF
Date: 9th Dec 2010

 The prestigious SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration were presented last night (02/12/2010) at a celebratory presentation event in Glasgow’s Radisson Hotel. 

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Parenting not income key to tackling inequality - Field
BBC News
Date: 9th Dec 2010

 Instead of increasing benefits for children, ministers should put the money into improving parenting skills, the government's poverty czar has said.

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Rural fruit and veg shop official opening postponed… but the food is getting through.
Press Release, Social Firms Scotland
Date: 9th Dec 2010

 The official ministerial ribbon-cutting for an Aberdeenshire fruit and veg shop may have been postponed but vital food supplies are still making it to the shelves.

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Q&A best bits - A guide to measuring social impact
Nick Petrie, The Guardian
Date: 2nd Dec 2010

 Struggling to measure your social impact – and find relevance in the results? Our panel experts explain that, first, you have to be asking the right questions

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Wanted - Leaders for new regeneration trust fund
Big Lottery Fund
Date: 2nd Dec 2010

 The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) today announced it is creating a new £15 million independent Trust in Scotland to support disadvantaged urban communities which have been most affected by serious economic decline, market failure and disadvantage.

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Scotland’s first MSC in social enterprise announced
Social Enterprise Academy
Date: 2nd Dec 2010

 Social enterprise continued its push into the mainstream today as Glasgow Caledonian University and the Social Enterprise Academy announced Scotland’s first MSc in Social Enterprise.

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Message from the DTA Director
Steve Wyler, Development Trusts Association
Date: 2nd Dec 2010
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Report on public sector pay backs linking executive salaries to lowest pay
Polly Curtis, The Guardian
Date: 2nd Dec 2010

 Will Hutton leading the government's inquiry into fair pay in the public sector backs a 20:1 ratio between highest and lowest pay

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Building skills for the future
Firstport
Date: 1st Dec 2010

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Polmont inmates to train dogs in bid to boost behaviour
BBC News
Date: 1st Dec 2010

 The first prison-based dog training scheme in the UK is being introduced at Polmont Young Offenders Institute near Falkirk.

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