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Why the First Minister is happy to play the independence waiting game
The Herald, by Iain Macwhirter
Date: 2017-10-12

Well, she got there in the end. Some of Nicola Sturgeon’s troops were getting a little restive at the lack of independence talk in her conference speech yesterday. 

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Spainís welcome step back from the brink
Financial Times
Date: 2017-10-12

Madrid and Catalan separatists have a chance to initiate dialogue.

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Glasgow plan to erect Nelson Mandela statue
Common Space, by Jack Foster
Date: 2017-10-11

 

Fundraiser for Nelson Mandela monument backed by Lord Provost of Glasgow 
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After centuries of neglect, are Scotlandís islands now on the road to recovery?
The Guardian, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 2017-10-11

On a tiny island beyond the northern fringe of Scotland’s coast, a lone piper salutes the end of a dozen generations

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Start your own ethical business Ė it could make a world of difference
The Guardian, by Donna Ferguson
Date: 2017-10-11

When John Bird launched the Big Issue in 1991, he had no idea how to make money ethically – or how successful his magazine would turn out to be.

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Third Sector Employability Forum statement on Fair Start Scotland contract awards
TSEF
Date: 2017-10-06

Third Sector Employability Forum has consistently maintained that the success of Fair Start Scotland will hinge on the robust and diverse involvement of third sector employability providers.

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Statement from Ada Colau Ballano on Catalonian independence referendum, Mayor of Barcelona
Ada Colau Ballano
Date: 2017-10-05

The government of the PP persists in its lies. It continues to deny what is obvious to the international press and to everyone who has seen the images of the police crackdown on October 1 in Catalunya: that there was violence, brutality, viciousness.

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Employment Support 2018
Employability Scotland
Date: 2017-10-05

From April 2018 the new Fair Start Scotland service will aim to help at least 38,000 people to find employment, including those facing barriers to entering the labour market.

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Third sector cut out of new employability landscape
SCVO
Date: 2017-10-05

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has expressed its strong disappointment at the lack of successful third sector organisations who have won bids in today’s Scottish Government announcement regarding the Fair Start employability programme.

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Fair Start Scotland: contracts, commissioning and the marginalisation of the third sector and those we support
SCVO
Date: 2017-10-05

The contracts awarded today sees the vast majority of contracts – 80 per cent – being awarded to the private sector, with only a small percentage of contracts being won by the third sector. This does not meet the Scottish Government’s ambition of a mixed-market of support.

The procurement process has clearly favoured private companies at the expense of the third sector, and will not provide the personalised, local service that is the key to unlocking the issue of employability in Scotland.
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