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One Plus just tip of iceberg warn childcare charity chiefs
Third Force News
Date: 29th Jan 2007
Voluntary sector childcare in Scotland is facing a cash crisis after the country’s largest pre-school care provider has gone into liquidation. ...more

Hi-tech Scottish bid for global business
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 29th Jan 2007
A research institute was launched last week to investigate how digitial media and communication technology can help to reduce the impact of the distance between businesses in the north of Scotland and the rest of the world. ...more

Bill passed to secure future of crofting
Scottish Executive
Date: 29th Jan 2007
The Scottish Parliament yesterday overwhelmingly backed a Bill to revitalise Scotland's crofting communities....more

Multi-million pound social enterprise fund unveiled
Department of Health
Date: 26th Jan 2007
A £73 million funding boost for social enterprise was announced today by Health Minister Ivan Lewis. ...more

Glasgow gets CDFI for personal loans
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 26th Jan 2007
The first community development finance institution (CDFI) in Glasgow to offer loans to disadvantaged people will be launched next week. ...more

Youthstart help make sense of voting system
Senscot
Date: 25th Jan 2007
A clear and entertaining online graphic that explains how the Single Transferable Voting (STV) system will work in May's local elections, is now available. The system is frequently criticised as being hard to understand. ...more

Government highlights value of Social Enterprises to the UK
www.publictechnology.net
Date: 25th Jan 2007
Speaking at Voice 07, the Third Sector's annual conference, Minister Ed Miliband,  spoke of social enterprise’s ability to be “the vanguard for a social movement”. ...more

New guide launched to help Social Firms move out of Public Authorities
Social Firms UK
Date: 24th Jan 2007
A new resource has just been launched to provide practical guidance to those wanting to take a Social Firm out of a council or NHS Trust. ...more

Business risk fines for failing to include mandatory information on websites and emails
chamberonline
Date: 24th Jan 2007

Many companies "are now in breach of the Companies Act after missing a January 1 deadline to meet new obligations".

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Data Check - Scots lead way in tourism
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 22nd Jan 2007
The number of international visitors is rising faster in Scotland than other parts of the UK. Just under 2,250,000 tourists visited Scotland between January and September in 2006, compared to 1,981,000 during the same period the previous year....more

Programme bids to find Scottish rural leaders
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 22nd Jan 2007
Scotland's national economic development agency has launched a leadership programme in a bid to create rural business and community ambassadors. ...more

Motivations and barriers to citizen governance
commmunities.gov.uk
Date: 22nd Jan 2007
A new report  “provides an insight into people's awareness and knowledge of citizen governance, the barriers and motivations to involvement and the types of people who get involved in these roles."...more

Community fund eyes assets pot
Jamie Carpenter
Date: 22nd Jan 2007
A fund that lends to community-led enterprises wants to take charge of a new government fund designed to help community groups take over the ownership and management of assets....more

Community’s bid to buy POW camp
BBC
Date: 16th Jan 2007
A group of villagers in Perthshire has launched an attempt to buy a former World War II camp which once housed notorious Nazi prisoners. ...more

Citizen forums ‘will ask tough questions about the role of Citizen and State’
Senscot
Date: 15th Jan 2007
New social research published today shows what people think and expect from the State and public services. And a new project of 'citizen forums' will be faced with real-life examples of the choices government faces, and advise it on policy....more

European law looms over NHS contracts
Nicholas Timmins
Date: 15th Jan 2007
As up to 20 groups of doctors, nurses and others are to quit the NHS and sell their services back through new forms of social enterprise, a new ruling adds to the argument of how public or private NHS service provision should be. ...more

Taskforce calls for £50m local pot
Jamie Carpenter
Date: 15th Jan 2007
Up to £50 million a year should be provided to increase community involvement in local decision-making, a government-backed taskforce recommended this week. ...more

Galson Estate buyout seals ascendancy of community ownership
Senscot
Date: 12th Jan 2007
With the agreed purchase of Lewis's Galson Estate by a community buy-out yesterday, more than half of the land in the Western Isles - for centuries concentrated in the hands of private landlords - now rests in public or community ownership. ...more

New Communities Minister appointed
Senscot
Date: 9th Jan 2007
Rhona Brankin, the Deputy Environment and Rural Development Minister, has today been appointed as the new Communities Minister to replace Malcolm Chisholm who resigned last month. ...more

Charity champion dies in crash
Sara Gaines
Date: 9th Jan 2007
Luke FitzHerbert, of the Directory of Social Change, has been killed in a car crash.
An outspoken and courageous champion of small charities, Luke worked for DSC for over 30 years.
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UK Government must spend more on renewable energy
Jeremy Lovell
Date: 9th Jan 2007
The British government must put more money into renewable energy if it is to stand any chance of meeting its target of getting 20 percent of its energy from those sources by 2020, industry associations said on Friday. ...more

Concern on cost of advertising charity changes
Volresource
Date: 9th Jan 2007
Charities in Scotland are expressing concern about proposals that organisations with an income of over £250,000 would have to advertise "significant" changes to their charitable aims in the national press, at a cost of up to £5,000 for each advert. ...more

ESF shake-up may put millions at risk
Rosie Niven
Date: 8th Jan 2007
Up to three million people in the UK could face further social exclusion because of changes to the distribution of the European Social Fund, a volunteering charity has warned. ...more

Sanctions against jobless ‘will hit poorest'
Stuart Macdonald
Date: 8th Jan 2007
Charities and anti-poverty campaigners have warned of "even more severe poverty" for Britain's poorest families if further sanctions are introduced against long-term benefit claimants. ...more
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