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Catriona McPhee-Smith
Herald Scotland
Date: 31st May 2011

 Catriona McPhee-Smith, who has died aged 46, was the award-winning head of one of Scotland’s leading charities whose vision and determination enhanced beyond measure the lives of those with disabilities.

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The new word for socialism ... independence
Herald Scotland
Date: 31st May 2011

 Alex Salmond’s “two nations” speech to the Scottish Parliament last week was criticised by some as an exercise in smug small-country chauvinism. The First Minister contrasted Scottish values of fairness and equality, with English individualism – “the braying tones of people who claim to know best”. 

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PRESS RELEASE: Visionary new campaign calls for a thousand huts

Date: 27th May 2011

 Environmental charity Reforesting Scotland (RS) has announced plans for a visionary new campaign to celebrate Scotland’s traditions of hut building and encourage people to build a thousand new huts in and from our forests over the next five years. 

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First Minister opens with a social pledge to the people
Robbie Dinwood, Herald Scotland
Date: 27th May 2011

 IN the first debate under a full majority Government at Holyrood, First Minister Alex Salmond pledged a social pact with the Scottish people, and warned opponents the SNP was not backtracking on independence.

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Change Fund Plans

Date: 26th May 2011
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Change Fund Plans
Joint Improvement Team
Date: 26th May 2011

 Local health, housing and social care partnerships were asked to submit Change Plans by 28 February 2011 in order to access the £70m Change Fund. 

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The Social Animal by David Brooks review
Ben Rogers, The Observer
Date: 26th May 2011

 The New York Times columnist adds some intellectual heft to the life manual genre

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Big Lottery Fund: Meet our new director

Date: 26th May 2011

 We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Jackie Killeen as our new Scotland Director.Many of you will know Jackie well as she has been with BIG for eight years, working as our Acting director since October 2010 and previously the Head of Policy and Public Affairs.

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Lord Glasman calls Locality 'well-intentioned busybodies'
Kaye Wiggins, Third Sector Online
Date: 26th May 2011

 Charity that won government's community organising programme comes under fire from Labour peer

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New Scottish Cabinet

Date: 20th May 2011

 The Scottish Government's new Cabinet team has been announced by First Minister Alex Salmond, subject to the necessary parliamentary approval.

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Breaking the bank
Elliot Wilson, Spectator
Date: 19th May 2011

 ‘It is all lies,’ says Muhammad Yunus, his voice quiet but firm. ‘The media in Bangladesh attacks me unceasingly and I cannot stop them, but the accusations are untrue.’

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Employee-owned public services should be asset-locked, says social enterprise chief
Tania Mason, Civil Society
Date: 19th May 2011

 Social Enterprise Coalition chief executive Peter Holbrook has called on the government to ensure that social enterprises and mutuals that take over the running of public services introduce asset locks to prevent them being acquired by commercial organisations in the future.

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Development Trust Association: Community Ownership of Assets

Date: 19th May 2011

 The Community Empowerment Action Plan published jointly by the Scottish Government and COSLA in March 2009 established community ownership as key to their commitment to Community Empowerment. 

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Employee-owned public services should be asset-locked, says social enterprise chief
Tania Mason, Civil Society
Date: 18th May 2011

 Social Enterprise Coalition chief executive Peter Holbrook has called on the government to ensure that social enterprises and mutuals that take over the running of public services introduce asset locks to prevent them being acquired by commercial organisations in the future.

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Live up to your own slogan, Dave
The Independent
Date: 18th May 2011

 "All in this together" must count as one of the worst slogans dreamt up by supposedly intelligent people. More effectively than any lines devised by the Labour Party, it invites cynicism and draws attention to one of David Cameron and George Osborne's weak points. 

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True story of man behind The Corries
Alan Campbell, The Herald
Date: 17th May 2011

 As half of The Corries Roy Williamson was adored, especially after he wrote Flower Of Scotland.

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Stan Rosenthal
Comment in Compass
Date: 12th May 2011

 None of the speakers seem to have brought out the essential distinguishing feature of the the good society as set out in our publication of the same name

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The Strange Death of Labour Scotland
Gerry Hassan
Date: 12th May 2011

 Scotland is living in historic times. An election that was seen by many of us as a transition from the old Labour Scotland to a more Nationalist era, has suddenly become one of epic transformation.

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The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship on the Evolution and Future of Social Enterprise
Rahim Kanani, The Huffington Post
Date: 12th May 2011

 Probably more than other organizations, we place emphasis on the financial sustainability of the social enterprise. When we analyzed the entrepreneurs in our network over time, we noticed that the for-profit enterprises, or those with an earned revenue stream, grew, on average, three times faster than those purely focused on donations.

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Steve Wyler, Chief Executive Locality

Date: 12th May 2011

 When I spoke to minister Greg Clark recently about the Localism Bill, he asked me to meet the Countryside Landowners Association, to try to soften their opposition to the Community Right to Buy. 

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Scottish political party manifestos stress sustainable procurement
Angeline Albert, supplymanagement.com
Date: 12th May 2011

 Alex Salmond has pledged to introduce a sustainable procurement bill to support the wider use of social and environmental benefit clauses in public sector contracts.

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Funding deadline for level two awards approaching
Firstport
Date: 11th May 2011

 Firstport are on the look out for Social Entrepreneurs who are in the start up phase of their social enterprise. 

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Leading Scottish charity law expert wants legislative tension loosened
Third Force News
Date: 9th May 2011

 Challenging times call for radical action – and Scotland’s third-sector organisations are increasingly engaged in processes that will see dramatic changes in the way our charities and voluntary organisations go about their business.

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Big Society Bank set to give loans to Scottish charities in months
Third Force News
Date: 9th May 2011

 CASH from dormant bank accounts that could amount to £40m in Scotland is expected to be available this summer, the Cabinet Office said this week.

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Plans to outsource public services 'scaled back'
James Landale, BBC
Date: 5th May 2011

 The government is scaling back plans to use the private sector to deliver public services, the BBC has learned.

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Big Society Bank will expect "modest" financial returns on investments
Vibeka Mair, Civil Society
Date: 4th May 2011

 The Big Society Bank will expect to receive high social returns alongside modest financial returns from its investments, according to Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin, speaking in the House of Commons yesterday.

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Investors pressure top companies on low pay
Civil Society
Date: 4th May 2011

 A coalition of investors including charities and churches is set to use its influence as shareholders and challenge the UK’s largest companies to pay a living wage to all their staff.

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Scottish independent schools demand removal from list of 'high-risk' charities
Kaye Wiggins, Third Sector Online
Date: 4th May 2011

 Draft corporate plan of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator says a priority remains assessing the public benefit of private schools

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Putting communities at the heart of a sustainable Scotland
TfN
Date: 3rd May 2011

 In the last of TFN’s articles from party leaders Alex Salmond explains the SNP’s proposals for expanding the role of the third sector

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PRESS RELEASE: SOCIAL INNOVATION CAMP BACK IN SCOTLAND

Date: 3rd May 2011

 Social Innovation Camp brings together the best of the UK’s software developers and designers with those at the sharp end of social problems.  Over a weekend in June they’ll build some web-based solutions to social problems at Informatics Ventures in Edinburgh

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Murray Royal Hospital surplus land could be asset for community
Richard Burdge, The Courier
Date: 3rd May 2011

 Surplus land freed up by the redevelopment of Murray Royal Hospital, Perth, could become a community asset, according to one group.

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