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Think Tank says ‘clone towns’ due to poor regeneration efforts
Date: 31st Aug 2004
Local stores are being driven out of towns as chains "spring up like weeds", says NEF ...more

Gambling ‘fuels homelessness’
Simon Mayhew, Guardian
Date: 31st Aug 2004
The dangers of liberalised gambling are exposed in research published today, which reveals relaxed gaming laws can cause homelessness....more

Marine energy testing centre opened in Orkney
Scottish executive
Date: 31st Aug 2004
£5m facilities signal "dawn of a new era for energy production in Scotland", says Minister Jim Wallace...more

'Jury still out' on Futurebuilders
Date: 31st Aug 2004
It is still unclear exactly how the £18m Futurebuilders Scotland programme will operate - despite the fact that the Scottish Executive published the long-awaited social economy action plan this week. ...more

Risk takers need Whitehall help with public image
new start
Date: 26th Aug 2004
Entrepreneurs who operate within the informal economy need more government support to help them become legitimate, a report is set to recommend....more

Rural Challenge Fund applications
Scottish Executive
Date: 26th Aug 2004
Community-led projects across rural Scotland are being given the opportunity to share in a £1.5 million funding boost as applications are invited for 2005/06 allocations....more

Fund for heritage-led regeneration proposed
Scottish Executive
Date: 26th Aug 2004
3-month consultation launched into future of Government grants for the repair of historic buildings and to seek views on a proposed new Historic Environment Regeneration Fund....more

Criteria for partnership funding are revealed
Regeneration; Communities Scotland
Date: 25th Aug 2004
Scotland's 32 community planning partnerships must provide detailed evidence of genuine community involvement to secure awards from new £104 million Community Renewal Fund. ...more

Edinburgh Council approves Haymarket redevelopment
Date: 25th Aug 2004
Controversial 70 million shopping arcade and office block complex is set to be built as "new landmark at the western gateway to the city". ...more

Role for land trusts in green belt overhaul
Date: 25th Aug 2004
Charitable trusts could be set up to manage and enhance land on Scotland's urban fringe as part of the Scottish Executive’s revision of its green belt policy. ...more

UK faces worst prosperity divide in Europe
Austin Macauley
Date: 25th Aug 2004
Scottish Highlands and Islands among those areas with slowest growth prospects...more

Futurebuilders published
Scottish Executive
Date: 24th Aug 2004
A new £18 million Futurebuilders Scotland programme has been announced to help voluntary and community organisations which deliver goods or services in a commercial way to develop and expand. ...more

Figures show rural Scotland’s isolation
Regeneration; Scottish Executive
Date: 24th Aug 2004
Rural Scotland has an ageing population, with sparse transport links and poor access to schools and doctors, according to a new report....more

Scotland is to try work reparation for anti-social offenders
Regeneration magazine
Date: 24th Aug 2004

Perpetrators of anti-social behaviour will be forced to carry out unpaid work as part of their punishment, in a scheme set to be piloted in Dundee, Greenock and Inverness.


Community radio poised to challenge the big boys
Naomi Lindsay
Date: 24th Aug 2004
Media regulator Ofcom has followed up the piloting of 15 community radio stations by inviting applications for long-term licences. ...more

Index shows Scottish business hot spots
Leon Walker
Date: 18th Aug 2004
The North-East and Scotland have shown improvements in commercial prosperity in the past year, a new survey reveals. ...more

More freedom for new lotto fund
Date: 18th Aug 2004
There will be less government control over the distribution of lottery funds for good causes than previously planned, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has promised....more

Proposals for Clydeside redevelopment revealed
Naomi Undsay
Date: 17th Aug 2004
Plans for a vast redevelopment to revive the south bank area of the River Clyde have been unveiled. The project will extend from Braehead to Renfrew, and the developers expect to create 9,250 jobs and attract new business to the area. ...more

SURF awards for regeneration 2004
Date: 16th Aug 2004
Entries are invited for the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF) awards for Best Practice in Urban Regeneration 2004. ...more

28m European funding for skills
Scottish Executive
Date: 16th Aug 2004
New European funding worth £28 million has been made available to help boost skills and training across Scotland. More than 200 projects will benefit from the latest awards under the Objective 3 funding programme....more

Scotland to raise council tax on second homes
Date: 16th Aug 2004
Scottish councils have received the green light to reap up to £25m more funds by raising the council tax threshold on the country's second homes. ...more

Futurebuilders launches telephone hotline enquiry service
Date: 13th Aug 2004
Futurebuilders, the £125m groundbreaking government investment fund backed by the Home Office, has launched a telephone hotline enquiry service. ...more

Active Citizenship Centre website launched
Date: 13th Aug 2004
A ‘one-stop shop’ website for the latest research on community engagement and case studies of civil renewal from different areas has been launched. ...more

Scottish quango in charity hiatus

Date: 9th Aug 2004
The independence of charities has come under the spotlight after it emerged that Scottish Natural Heritage, which gains £650,000 a year from charitable status, is legally bound to do what the Government says....more

The Ethics of Care Culture
David Brindle
Date: 4th Aug 2004

Private care for learning disabled people is a return to Victorian values, says David Brindle.

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