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Contracting environment has dulled the voice of charities, says CFG chair
Civil Society News, by Alice Sharman
Date: 24th May 2017

The increase in charities taking on contracts to deliver public services has meant the sector’s voice has been “dulled”, the outgoing chair of the Charity Finance Group said this morning.

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Greens to unveil plans for universal basic income in manifesto launch
The Guardian, by Rowena Mason
Date: 24th May 2017

Party will promise to scrap Trident to help fund NHS, promise a final Brexit referendum and scrap all existing student loan debts at Monday’s launch

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Labour Peer Maurice Glasman Says His Party Will Lose Because "It Doesn’t Believe What The People Believe"
Buzz Feed, by Jim Waterson
Date: 24th May 2017

A Labour peer who worked as an adviser to former leader Ed Miliband has told BuzzFeed News the Conservatives are going to win the general election because his party can no longer connect with working-class voters, many of whom backed Brexit.

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New community fund to be created with windfarm sale
Neilston Community Windfarm Press Release
Date: 10th May 2017
Neilston Community Windfarm, in East Renfrewshire, has been acquired by The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) as part of an agreement that will see the creation of a new fund to invest in the long term development of the local area. The four turbine 10 megawatt development, opened by the Nicola Sturgeon as Deputy First Minister in 2013, was 28% owned by Neilston Development Trust (NDT) and 72% owned by developers Carbon Free.y from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
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Enemies of the state​:​ the 40-year Tory project to shrink public services
The Guardian, by Polly Tonybee and David Walker
Date: 10th May 2017

From schools to health inspectors, the institutions that ensure our wellbeing are under unprecedented attack. This political poison harms us all, say the authors of the new book Dismembered.

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Scottish MSPs want your ideas on tackling homelessness
The Big Issue, by Adam Forrest
Date: 10th May 2017

A Scottish Parliament committee is exploring the 'Housing First' strategy, but wants more ideas on how to help people off the streets.

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How childhood stress can knock 20 years off your life
The Guardian, by Paula Cocozza
Date: 10th May 2017

Heart disease, depression, life expectancy. New research claims that stress exerts a far heavier physical toll than previously understood. The film-maker James Redford talks about how toxic stress can be a killer.

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19 children miss out on mental health services every day in Scotland
Third Force News, by Susan Smith
Date: 10th May 2017
Scotland's mental health charity has launched a major campaign focusing on the urgent need for more and better mental health services for young Scots.
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Neilston set for £2m boost thanks to windfarm sale
The Herald, by Scott Wright
Date: 10th May 2017

THE East Renfrewshire village of Neilston is poised to benefit from up to £2 million of investment in jobs, local facilities and services after the sale of a community-backed windfarm.

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Ken Loach says Tory win could spell the end of the Union
The Herald, by Andrew Whittaker
Date: 4th May 2017
AWARD winning filmmaker Ken Loach believes a defeat for Jeremy Corbyn in the General Election could herald the end of the Union.
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The UK Government Is Completely Deluded About Brexit
Forbes Magazine, by Frances Coppola
Date: 3rd May 2017

The UK’s eventual exit from the EU is looking more and more likely to be a train wreck. The Brexiteers in Prime Minister Theresa May’s administration are living in a fantasy world. And although May herself comes across as sensible and pragmatic, it now appears that she is as deluded as they are.

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Ambassador to EU quits and warns staff over 'muddled thinking'
The Guardian, by Jessica Elgot
Date: 3rd May 2017

Sir Ivan Rogers says negotiating experience is in ‘short supply’ and that politicians disliked his warnings of pitfalls in his resignation email.

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Scotland will not use private companies to assess benefit claims
Public Finance.co.uk, by Keith Aitken
Date: 3rd May 2017

The new agency set up to run devolved benefits in Scotland will not follow the example set by Whitehall’s Department of Work and Pensions in using private companies to assess the entitlement of claimants.

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