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North-south gap growing, says report
Senscot
Date: 30th Jun 2004

The "unprecedented" migration of skilled workers from the north to London between 1991and 2001 has resulted in a divided Britain, a study carried out by the University of Sheffield says.

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Aberdeen Foyer CEO wins Social Entrepreneur of The Year Award
Senscot
Date: 30th Jun 2004
Ken Milroy was presented with the Ernst & Young Award for 2004 at a banquet in Glasgow last Thursday in recognition of his many achievements and ground-breaking initiatives since the foundation of Aberdeen Foyer in 1995. ...more

Co-op welcomes report on renewable energy development
CMS
Date: 30th Jun 2004
but urges "Community ownership needs to be at the heart of renewable energy development in Scotland" ...more

Call for £400m Investment in Employability
TFN
Date: 30th Jun 2004
Three of Scotland's leading social welfare charities have joined forces to call on the Executive to save up to £400m of public money over 10 years by investing in employability programmes....more

Funds available for ‘greening’ community projects
Senscot
Date: 30th Jun 2004
Community groups interested in greening their local environment may be able to benefit from the Central Scotland Forest Community Projects Fund – closing date is Friday July 30. ...more

Central Scotland is test bed for first three Urc pathfinders
New Start
Date: 30th Jun 2004

The designation of pathfinder status to areas of Edinburgh, Stirling and Clydebank is the first stage of a Scottish Executive drive to regenerate run-down areas of Scotland through a co-ordinated approach from the public and private sector.

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Call for Minister for Sustainable Development
Senscot
Date: 30th Jun 2004

Sustainable development should rocket up the Executive agenda and have a designated cabinet minister with responsibility for the issue. So says a new report from the Centre for Public Policy's Commission on a Sustainable Scotland launched today in Edinburgh.

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Take volunteers seriously, urges guidance
Regeneration & Renewal magazine
Date: 28th Jun 2004
Too often voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) are not considered “serious contenders” for public service contracts, according to a new guide published by the Home Office....more

Devolved powers ‘must go to deprived groups’
Heather Greig-Smith
Date: 28th Jun 2004
Any devolution of decision-making to local communities must avoid exacerbating social division by giving powers only to affluent groups, ministers have warned....more

EU red tape stifles community action
New Start
Date: 28th Jun 2004
Community groups capable of delivering neighbourhood renewal are deterred from applying for European grants because of excessive red tape and bureaucracy; government-funded research has claimed....more

Scots given opportunity to take over national forests
New Start magazine
Date: 28th Jun 2004
The Forestry Commission Scotland is to consult on a new scheme to allow communities to bid for national forest land. Under the proposed scheme, communities will be able to nominate any piece of Forestry Commission land they are interested in taking over....more

Scots development bodies may be axed
Senscot
Date: 24th Jun 2004
A network of bodies aimed at streamlining local economic development in Scotland should be disbanded, according to Scotland's spending watchdog....more

Scotland to review council tax
Senscot
Date: 18th Jun 2004
An independent review to examine alternatives to council tax has been announced by the Scottish finance and public services minister, Andy Kerr, just as ministers in Westminster appear to be backing away from any major change. ...more

Call to empower neighbourhoods
Patrick Wintour
Date: 17th Jun 2004
Community groups should take on some of the powers of town halls to reinvigorate local government, two ministers have proposed. ...more

Newspaper alleges £100m of Scottish assets are missing
Senscot
Date: 14th Jun 2004
The Scottish charity sector is bracing itself for a summer of damaging press coverage after a Sunday newspaper claimed that £100m of charity donations has disappeared without trace....more

Scots councils fight to save community planning pilots
Senscot
Date: 11th Jun 2004
Local authorities in Scotland have pledged to salvage the remnants of a community planning experiment abandoned In a surprise move by the Scottish Executive....more

Chief of Scottish Executive’s Voluntary Issues Unit moves on
Senscot
Date: 11th Jun 2004
This week Neville Mackay announced he is to change jobs and head the Scottish Public Pensions Agency in Galashiels. ...more

Arts programmes success in regenerating communities

Date: 10th Jun 2004
Innovative arts projects are playing a major role in tackling anti-social behaviour and in regenerating communities in Edinburgh, a new report has revealed....more

Church of Scotland restricts funds to 54 poorest parishes’ charter
New Start magazine
Date: 9th Jun 2004
The Church of Scotland has slashed the number of parishes receiving financial help for work with disadvantaged communities following fears that it was spreading its resources too thinly. ...more

Immigration plan to halt crisis
Senscot
Date: 8th Jun 2004
Scotland's population is set to drop below five million, and a new study is calling for the Scottish Parliament to be given control over immigration policy in order to halt the country's population crisis. ...more

Call for 'public benefit' definition in charities bill
Senscot
Date: 5th Jun 2004
Voluntary organisations are calling for a tough legal definition of "public benefit" to strip private schools and public bodies of their charitable status in Scotland, in a move that could see charity law diverge north and south of the border. ...more

Scots social economy plan delayed yet again
Senscot
Date: 4th Jun 2004

The Scottish Executive this week confirmed that its Social Economy Action Plan is now scheduled for publication in early July. The plan was originally due to be launched in September last year but has been delayed after being rewritten at least ten times.

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CEiS outlines fresh targets for job creation
Third Sector
Date: 4th Jun 2004
CEIS, the Glasgow-based body promoting social enterprise in Scotland, has unveiled plans to create or sustain 300 jobs in 2004/05, along with campaigns to boost childcare and employability. ...more

High hopes for Scottish co-ops
New Sector magazine
Date: 4th Jun 2004
Hopes are high for a Co-operative Development Agency in Scotland, following recent publication of a public consultation document on the issue. ...more

Third Labour term must rectify plight of low paid
Senscot
Date: 3rd Jun 2004
A former Home Office minister has urged the government to use a third term in office to improve the prospects of Britain's low-paid, low-skilled workers....more

Third Labour term must rectify plight of low paid
New Start magazine
Date: 3rd Jun 2004
A former Home Office minister has urged the government to use a third term in office to improve the prospects of Britain's low-paid, low-skilled workers....more
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