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Recycling social enterprise wins largest ever local authority contract
Date: 23rd Dec 2004
London Borough of Ealing awards £10m per year contract for environmental services to ECT Recycling. ...more

Fear holds back community transport
Social Enterprise magazine
Date: 22nd Dec 2004
Managers of community transport organisations must overcome their 'fear of failure' and become social enterprises, they have been told....more

Tolls abolished for Skye Bridge
Date: 22nd Dec 2004
The government announced an end to the charges on Tuesday morning after it bought back the bridge from its private owners for £27m. ...more

Scotland's poorest communities set for £318m funding boost
Regeneration magazine
Date: 21st Dec 2004
Communities minister Malcolm Chisholm last week announced the allocation of the Community Regeneration Fund (CRF) over the next three years....more

Concern over tax incentives for renovating empty premises
Regeneration magazine
Date: 14th Dec 2004
experts fear allowance scheme could give businesses in deprived areas incentive to keep premises empty....more

Researchers Shine Ray of Hope on Poverty
Date: 14th Dec 2004
A hundred years on from its establishment, Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports that although causes and definitions of poverty have changed, the poor are still with us....more

Millions to Rethink Rural Development
Date: 14th Dec 2004
A £2.2m grant has been awarded today to the Carnegie UK Trust by the Big Lottery Fund to promote rural community development. ...more

A clean start for Futurebuilders Scotland
Communities Scotland
Date: 13th Dec 2004

Scheme to help voluntary and community organisations deliver services, create jobs and offer training opportunities, launched  – from a soap shop in Edinburgh's Royal Mile.


Glasgow and Renfrewshire share community prizes
Communities Scotland
Date: 13th Dec 2004
two winners in each area, as best examples of regeneration chosen from over 70 entries from across Scotland ...more

Groups call ‘Charge!’ as campaign is launched
Date: 13th Dec 2004
coalition of transport, environment, student and community groups presses for 'yes' vote in referendum on transport in Edinburgh....more

Euro funding for South of Scotland
Scottish Executive
Date: 10th Dec 2004
European funding worth £1.6 million to help create jobs and fund new community facilities in the South of Scotland was announced today....more

Stay close to government and speak truth to power, 3rd Sector told
Date: 10th Dec 2004
ACEVO chief defends sector’s growing closeness to government, but warning issued on 'self-censorship'....more

Model for affordable housing to be tested
Date: 9th Dec 2004
London mayor Ken Livingstone is backing an alternative way to offer affordable housing in the capital. ...more

Private bank offers financial packages for smaller groups
Third Sector
Date: 8th Dec 2004
A private bank is launching a range of tailored financial services specifically designed for small to medium-sized charities....more

Charity VAT reliefs ‘go begging’
Annie Kelly
Date: 8th Dec 2004
Charities are not taking advantage of more than 100 different VAT reliefs that could make a big difference to their finances, according to a charity accountancy firm....more

Amnesty plan aims to help £75bn of business go legal
Austin Macauley
Date: 7th Dec 2004
Government advisers have urged ministers to adopt a series of radical measures to help the UK's £75bn informal economy become legitimate....more

Scotland’s Power Saving Plans
Third Force E-news
Date: 7th Dec 2004
Scotland's environmentalists have been viewing plans for Scotland's first energy efficiency strategy, outlined today....more

New Coalition Launched To Challenge Corporate Irresponsibility
foe Scotland
Date: 7th Dec 2004
Plans to challenge corporate irresponsibility were unveiled last week by a new coalition of Scotland's leading development, human rights and environment groups. ...more

Crofters vote to force sale of land
Ben Willis
Date: 6th Dec 2004
In a move that could set a precedent for crofting communities throughout Scotland, 87 per cent of the community of Pairc this week voted for a hostile takeover of the 10,000ha south Lewis estate....more

New centre plans to turnout a nation of optimists
Andrew Denholm
Date: 2nd Dec 2004
Scotland’s first centre to promote confidence and end the nation’s widespread "cannae-do" attitude was launched yesterday. ...more

Poverty falls for families and pensioners, rises among childless adults
Scottish Executive.
Date: 1st Dec 2004
Working-age adults with no dependent children now account for one in three Scottish people living in income poverty, says research...more
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