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UK left £4.3bn worse off in EU funding shake up
Alexandra Coxon
Date: 30th Oct 2006
The UK is set to lose nearly 40 per cent of the European Union aid that it was previously allocated for economic development. Scotland's structural funding has been more than halved....more

Focus on cities puts Scottish towns at risk of ‘time bomb’
Barry McCarthy
Date: 30th Oct 2006
Deprivation is being ignored in small towns north of the border because the Scottish Executive is too focused on developing cities, local authority officials have warned. ...more

Hospitals saved by new GP social enterprise
BBC
Date: 30th Oct 2006
Two hospitals in Gloucestershire have been saved from closure. The newly-created Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust (PCT) will pass control of the Dilke and Lydney Hospitals to a group of GPs. ...more

Charity group calls for 'level playing field'
Third Sector magazine
Date: 30th Oct 2006
The Charity Finance Directors' Group is calling for the Government to accept a series of guidelines on funding for public service delivery drawn up by the voluntary sector....more

25,000 more Scots jobs than in 2004
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 27th Oct 2006
Glasgow has seen the best improvement in the number of people entering the workforce: the proportion of the population not working in the city fell by three per cent....more

Kelly to give councils more powers
Press Association
Date: 27th Oct 2006
Powerful local mayors could be introduced without the need for a referendum, under a radical overhaul of councils unveiled on Thursday....more

Scottish environment campaign launched
Scottish Executive
Date: 24th Oct 2006
'Its Our Future' aims to encourage more people, especially parents and children, to think now about the steps we can all take to live within our environmental means....more

Scots take pride in 2006 Bura awards
Vicki Willis
Date: 23rd Oct 2006
With five of the eight top awards for est practice in regneration going north of the border, Vicki Willis examines this year's key themes (Regneration magazine)...more

New fund to help Scottish businesses fulfil growth potential
Scottish Executive
Date: 23rd Oct 2006
The Scottish Venture Fund to help businesses expand and fulfil their growth potential is now open for applications, it was announced today. ...more

Trustee payment case 'sets major precedent'
Third Sector magazine
Date: 20th Oct 2006
The Charity Commission has paved the way for wider payment of trustees by allowing one of Britain's wealthiest charities to pay five of its 12 board members....more

Community groups bid for spending pot of unclaimed assets
Susan Downer
Date: 20th Oct 2006
The £500m pot of unclaimed assets should be poured into a community endowment to create a sustainable resource base for voluntary and community groups, the sector has argued. ...more

Scots dismiss claims that uneven funding increases hardships
Susan Downer
Date: 20th Oct 2006
The Scottish Executive has dismissed claims that short-sighted funding policies have led to increasing deprivation in parts of its major cities. ...more

Third council in a row rejects housing transfer
Tom Gordon
Date: 20th Oct 2006
The Scottish Executive's flagship policy on housing was listing badly yesterday after tenants of a third consecutive council rejected plans to transfer their homes to a new not-for-profit landlord....more

Buyout helps Gigha thrive as population tops 150
Senscot
Date: 18th Oct 2006
Trust has turned 300 years of population decline on its head by encouraging new development and the growth of the local economy. ...more

New Director General of the Office of the Third Sector appointed
Senscot
Date: 17th Oct 2006
Campbell Robb will be responsible for driving the Government's strategic approach to enhance and enable the third sector...more

Group calls for ‘enterprise for all'
Senscot
Date: 16th Oct 2006
A new government ministerial department, dedicated to people who want to run their own businesses to ensure that people from all walks of life are able to start-up, should be created, a business group says. ...more

Historic alliance submits ‘roadmap’ for the Third Sector in response to government review
NCVO
Date: 16th Oct 2006
The newly formed Third Sector Network, which brings together the representative bodies for social enterprises, co-operatives and mutuals, trade unions, housing associations and voluntary and community organisations, has submitted its response to the Third Sector Review. ...more

Nobel for anti-poverty pioneers
BBC
Date: 13th Oct 2006
Surprise peace prize winners are pioneers of micro-credit lending schemes for the poor in Bangladesh. ...more

Thirty areas saved in state aid rejig
Ben Walker
Date: 13th Oct 2006
Highlands will receive more state aid, but northern Glasgow, the outskirts of Dundee and west Edinburgh have been excluded from the new map of European developmental funding....more

Urban Forum calls for dedicated funding for community networks
Rosie Niven
Date: 13th Oct 2006
A lack of ring fenced funding at a local level is preventing community empowerment networks from undertaking vital outreach work with marginalised groups, according to campaigners. ...more

Benefit of colleges clear, finds study
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 13th Oct 2006
For every £1 invested in Scotland's colleges, the country's economy benefits by at least £3.20, says a report published last week. ...more

Sport could be the next big thing
Social Enterprise magazine
Date: 10th Oct 2006
The chief executive of Social Enterprise East Midlands, Evan Rees, has issued a call for action following the first sports and social enterprise conference....more

Blueprint for youth justice
Scottish Executive
Date: 9th Oct 2006
A blueprint that aims to deliver more consistent, co-ordinated and effective youth justice services was published today....more

Minister urges more right-to-buy curbs
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 6th Oct 2006
Restrictions on Scottish council tenants' right to buy their homes need to be extended, Scottish communities minister Malcolm Chisholm has argued. ...more

Charities warn over Scots vetting rules
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 6th Oct 2006
A coalition of more than 20 charities has warned that a new Scottish bill to protect vulnerable groups could cost the voluntary sector millions because of requirements to carry out security checks on staff and volunteers. ...more

Nobel nominee calls for Global No-Car Day
Deer Park Monastery
Date: 4th Oct 2006

Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Zen master, will propose this week that UNESCO organize a Global No-Car Day - a day when people refrain from using their cars, except in emergencies.

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Reform in public services 'will lead to bidding war'
Nathalie Thomas
Date: 2nd Oct 2006
Voluntary sector leaders are predicting that the sector will be at the centre of a bidding war in the run-up to the next General Election after Tony Blair revealed his intention to make public service reform one of the main staples of Labour's next manifesto. ...more

Third sector demands a say in specification as well as delivery
Rosie Niven
Date: 2nd Oct 2006
Better public services can only be achieved if the voluntary sector is allowed to contribute to their design as well as their delivery, the government was warned this week. ...more

Benefits from relocation 'unclear'
Tom Campbell
Date: 2nd Oct 2006
The economic benefits of the Scottish Executive's policy to relocate public sector bodies are unclear, according to a study published last week by the country's public spending watchdog. ...more
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