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Theresa May under pressure as Labour makes U-turn on single market
The Financial Times, by George Parker
Date: 30th Aug 2017
Theresa May is facing renewed pressure from her own party over Brexit after Labour announced it would change tack and campaign to keep Britain in the EU single market, at least during a transitional period.
 
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Kezia Dugdale quits as Scottish Labour leader
BBC News
Date: 30th Aug 2017

Kezia Dugdale has resigned as leader of Scottish Labour, saying it is time to "pass on the baton" to someone else.

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Insight: Queensferry’s last ferryman can’t wait for new crossing
The Scotsman, by Chris McCall
Date: 30th Aug 2017

Stephen Reid will complete a remarkable set when he joins thousands of ticket holders to walk over the newly opened Queensferry Crossing in the coming weeks.

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Mental health care strategy allocated £300m over five years
The Herald
Date: 29th Aug 2017

More than £300 million of Scottish Government cash will be invested in improving mental health care over the next five years.

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School counselling support 'patchy'
BBC, by Marc Ellison
Date: 29th Aug 2017

More than 250,000 children in Scotland have no access to school-based counselling services, a BBC investigation has discovered.

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Who Owns the Internet?
The New Yorker, by Elizabeth Kolbert
Date: 29th Aug 2017

What Big Tech’s monopoly powers mean for our culture.

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The SIC can be good for the Yes movement ... but it needs to get professional and forget about policy
The National, by George Kerevan
Date: 29th Aug 2017

CONSIDER: the SNP lost 480,000 votes between the two General Elections of 2015 and 2017. Of those voters two years ago, around 70 per cent simply stayed at home in June. 

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Maybe Trump is a kind of cry for help from the Earth, a human flare
The Observer, by Frankie Boyle
Date: 29th Aug 2017

The US president’s digital outbursts increasingly read like he’s building up a credible insanity defence

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Sports centres will close if rates clampdown on council run charities goes ahead
Third Force News, by Robert Armour
Date: 29th Aug 2017

Making council run charities pay business rates will force them to cut services, says support body.

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Private schools attack moves to make them pay £5m in business rates
The Herald, by Andrew Denholm
Date: 29th Aug 2017

Private schools have criticised controversial proposals which would leave them with a £5 million annual bill for business rates.

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John Pearce Memorial Lecture 2017
The Wise Group
Date: 29th Aug 2017
Are social enterprises in Scotland fit and agile enough to face the challenges of the future?
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Private schools and councils are simply not charities
Third Force News, by Susan Smith
Date: 25th Aug 2017
The recommendation to strip private schools and council-run quasi charities of business rate relief is a clear step towards removing their charitable status altogether.
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What Nicola was trying to say was “Let’s be bold enough to bring back kindness”
Nicola Hanssen
Date: 23rd Aug 2017

Blog from ROAR: Connections for Life General Manager Nicola Hanssen, discussing the formulation of a national strategy to tackle loneliness and social isolation.

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Stephen Hawking blames Tory politicians for damaging NHS
The Guardian, by Denis Campbell
Date: 23rd Aug 2017

Stephen Hawking has accused ministers of damaging the NHS, blaming the Conservatives in a passionate and sustained attack for slashing funding, weakening the health service though privatisation, demoralising staff by curbing pay and cutting social care support.

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Stephen Hawking: I’m worried about the future of the NHS
BBC News, by Nick Triggle
Date: 23rd Aug 2017

Stephen Hawking has said he is worried about the future of the NHS, in a speech critical of government policy and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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New campaign to screen Scotland's top international football matches free on TV
Herald Scotland, by Andrew Whitaker
Date: 23rd Aug 2017

The UK's sport minister is under pressure to ensure that all of Scotland's competitive international football matches are shown for free on terrestrial TV.

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Private schools and Aleos to lose charitable tax breaks
Third Force News, by Robert Armour
Date: 23rd Aug 2017

Third sector hails move to retain business rates relief for genuine charities while removing it for controversial bodies such as private schools

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Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard – review
The Guardian, by Stuart Evers
Date: 23rd Aug 2017

At the beginning of A Death in the Family – the first volume in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s internationally lauded My Struggle series – a young Karl Ove watches a news report on the mysterious sinking of a fishing smack.

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A stupid gamble on evil machines
The Guardian, by Victoria Coren Mitchell
Date: 23rd Aug 2017
The government’s failure to clamp down on fixed-odds betting terminals must be down to stupidity or corruption and I’m not sure which of those I hope it is.
 
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Wasted votes, hyper-marginals and disillusion: reform group issues damning report on election 2017
The Conversation, by Ben Williams
Date: 23rd Aug 2017

A report by the Electoral Reform Society claims that the outcome of the 2017 UK general election adds weight to the argument that British democracy needs a dramatic overhaul.

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Editorial: Despite reports elsewhere, Skye welcomes visitors!
West Highland Free Press, by Keith MacKenzie
Date: 23rd Aug 2017

The national media frenzy which has occurred around “overcrowded Skye” in the past week or two was predictable, but not particularly welcome.

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Scotland Your Scotland
Bella Caledonia, by Andrew O Hagan
Date: 17th Aug 2017

“The Union hasn’t been saved, it’s over” argues Andrew O’Hagan in his Scotland Your Scotland keynote lecture to the Edinburgh Book Festival. 

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When the President Is Un-American
The New York Times, by Paul Krugman
Date: 16th Aug 2017

Remember back in 2008, when Sarah Palin used to talk about the “real America”? She meant rural and small-town residents — white residents, it went without saying — who supposedly embodied the nation’s true essence.

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Scottish government urged to review drugs policy as drug-related fatalities double in a decade
The Independent, by Emma Goddard
Date: 16th Aug 2017

Narcotics-related deaths rose by nearly a quarter in 2016 to reach record levels for the third year in a row

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The Sutherland Clearances: Scotland's tragedy brought brilliantly to life
The Herald, by James Hunter
Date: 16th Aug 2017

A 10ft bronze statue, depicting a family of four leaving their Highland home stands in the Sutherland village of Helmsdale; its twin in the Canadian city of Winnipeg.

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Reversing the Clearances bit by bit
BBC News, by Jackie O'Brien
Date: 16th Aug 2017

A new phase of Highland history is unfolding in Sutherland as land still owned by the family of the man blamed for the Highland Clearances is to be sold to descendants of those he evicted.

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The collapse of the local press: a disaster facing local democracy
David Hencke
Date: 16th Aug 2017

The Grenfell fire was a catalyst which highlighted the disastrous state of the local press which is now so damaging to local democracy.

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The Big Interview: Edel Harris, chief of Cornerstone
The Scotsman, by Emma Newlands
Date: 16th Aug 2017

When she was named EY Scotland Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 overall winner at a glittering awards ceremony at Gleneagles earlier this summer, it came as a real shock to Edel Harris. “I was in the company of some amazing businessmen and women so I wasn’t expecting my name to be called out,” she says.

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Social Co-operatives in Scotland
Senscot
Date: 15th Aug 2017

Story about social care co-operatives in Scotland from Senscot's bulletin on the 11th August 2017.

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Urban Lyric
Elaine Feinstein
Date: 15th Aug 2017

Poem by Elaine Feinstein, featured in Senscot bulletin 891.

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About Elaine Fenstein

Date: 15th Aug 2017
Elaine Feinstein (b.1930) is from Bootle, Lancashire and was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. She has worked as an editor, a university lecturer and a journalist. From 1976 she has lived on her writing.
 
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Scots homeless numbers predicted to soar over next 25 years
BBC News
Date: 10th Aug 2017

Homelessness in Scotland is predicted to rise by more than 53% in the next 25 years, according to new research.

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Supporting Scotland’s Third Sector
Partnership for Procurement (P4P)
Date: 10th Aug 2017

New partnership initiative, Partnership for Procurement (P4P), is a resource for supporting smaller, locally based third sector organisations and social enterprise(s) open to the idea of partnership working, cross sector / geography collaborations and consortia - aimed at informing and designing ‘better’ local services, scaling up and/or delivering more.

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Gordon Brown's Mansion House speech
Gordon Brown
Date: 9th Aug 2017
Full text of the Mansion House speech made in 2006 by the then chancellor of the exchequer, Gordon Brown.
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Don’t forget we’re all on the same side ... here’s how my Yes XI lines up
Kevin McKenna
Date: 9th Aug 2017

THE gestation period of a Unionist myth about the campaign for Scottish independence isn’t long; nor is it a complicated process. All that is normally required is for the leader of one of the main parties of the Union to first make a claim.

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Last night's TV: Famous, Rich and Homeless
Nancy Banks-Smith
Date: 9th Aug 2017

The transmission of Famous, Rich and Homeless (BBC1) might have been better timed. The country is full of well-heeled people happily slumming it in sleeping bags. It's called Glastonbury. Otherwise, I have no fault to find with this cracking documentary, which dumped five fairly famous people on the frozen streets of London like black bin bags.

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Beggars having major impact on city centre shopping says business leader
The Scotsman, by Martyn McLaughlin
Date: 8th Aug 2017

One of Scotland’s most senior business figures has urged members of the public stop giving money to beggars and warned that the problem is harming the economy.

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Robert Mitchum – the 'soul of film noir' would have been 100 today
The National, by Martin Hannan
Date: 8th Aug 2017
Tomorrow is the centenary of the birth of one of the greatest of all Hollywood actors, Robert Mitchum, the man who was once described as the soul of film noir.
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Why co-operatives could be the answer to the UK's social care crisis
Independent, by Hazel Sheffield
Date: 8th Aug 2017

The idea that social care should be run co-operatively, rather than privately or publicly, is gaining traction in the UK

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Social impact investment just paid off
Economia, by Gordon Brown
Date: 8th Aug 2017

Big ideas are few and far between. Progress usually occurs incrementally, bit by bit. But sometimes a big idea – even one that starts modestly – can thoroughly transform our view of what is possible.

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500 Community Groups Own Land
The National, by James Hamilton
Date: 8th Aug 2017

Nearly 500 community groups in Scotland own their own land as a result of progressive land reform policies, it has been revealed.

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Famous, Rich and Homeless
New Statesman, by Rachel Cooke
Date: 8th Aug 2017

This documentary-cum-reality show began life two years ago as an execrable BBC3 series called Filthy Rich and Homeless. At the time, I tried my best to stamp on it, hard. 

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Circular Economy Investment Fund
Zero Waste Scotland
Date: 8th Aug 2017

Applications are now being invited from organisations that have identified a collaborative project that will transform re-use and repair in Scotland.  

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Public call for more to be done on Scotland’s empty homes
24 Housing, by Mark Lawrence
Date: 3rd Aug 2017

Only 20% of people felt Scottish local authorities were doing enough on empty homes.

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If the US cannot control Trump, what chance does the West have?
The Herald, by Iain Macwhirter
Date: 2nd Aug 2017

And so farewell, Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci, Donald Trump’s director of communications who lasted only ten days.

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View from the Street: Trump's Empty Presidency
Kevin Pringle
Date: 2nd Aug 2017

 In different circumstances, the Scottish-American relationship would now be the best, most productive it has ever been.

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Local Cornerstone – is this the future of social care?
Third Force News
Date: 2nd Aug 2017

The Scottish social care sector is subject to a fast changing and challenging external environment, leading many care provider organisations like Cornerstone to seriously consider options for change.

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Now is not the time for despair – we must mobilise the passion for indy
The National, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 1st Aug 2017

Let's be blunt. It’s feeling gey bleak right now.

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Next time around we must differentiate between the case for indy and SNP policy
The National, by Carolyn Leckie
Date: 1st Aug 2017

I’m pleased the First Minister is sitting down to talk with members of the Scottish Independence Convention. 

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Neal Ascherson: ‘It doesn’t matter that there was a reason for ending their lives – I did it’
The Guardian, by Andrew Anthony
Date: 1st Aug 2017

Neal Ascherson is a former foreign correspondent for the Observer, an expert on Poland, the author of a range of nonfiction works, and visiting professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

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Gordon Smith
The Guardian, by Brian Glanville
Date: 1st Aug 2017

Gordon Smith, who has died after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, aged 80, was one of the finest Scottish rightwingers, yet his international career was a series of stops and starts, at its best in his veteran years.

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Peter Mallan
Herald Scotland
Date: 1st Aug 2017

Peter Mallan, who has died aged 80, was a former firefighter who became one of Scotland's leading singers and broadcasters.

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