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Housing transfer: Edinburgh votes 'no', Argyll says ‘yes’

Date: 15th Dec 2005
Edinburgh City Council tenants have voted "no" to the transfer of council homes to City of Edinburgh Housing Association (CEHA).However, Argyll & Bute tenants have voted yes to their own transfer....more

‘Business for the environment’ award.
Date: 14th Dec 2005
Sustainable Communities Initiatives has won the "Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Award" for small businesses. ...more

Scotland's new business creation 'in crisis'
Colin Donald
Date: 13th Dec 2005
Call for a "radical rethink" on Scottish Executive measures to promote new business start-ups, as figures show plunge in latest economic quarter. ...more

Scottish parliament splits public opinion
Matt Weaver
Date: 13th Dec 2005
Controversial building is today voted one of Britain's best-loved - just after another survey found it was one of the most hated....more

Call for microgeneration of renewable power
Planning Resource
Date: 13th Dec 2005
Small scale renewable technologies 'could provide more than a third of the UK’s electricity needs and significantly reduce household carbon emissions'...more

Green light for second Edinburgh tram
Planning Resource
Date: 13th Dec 2005
Edinburgh's second proposed tram line has been approved by MSPs who ruled that any drawbacks were outweighed by the scheme's potential benefits. ...more

Credit unions set to launch banking services
Edinburgh Evening News
Date: 11th Dec 2005

Credit unions are set to offer banking services in a move to tackle financial exclusion.


Chancellor backs land-value levy
Ben Walker
Date: 9th Dec 2005
A levy to capture the uplift in the value of land after it is given planning permission was backed this week by the chancellor. ...more

Woodschool takes double honours
Date: 8th Dec 2005
Borders-based furniture company picks up two prizes in this year’s prestigious Dynamic Place Awards....more

Thrifty spending revealed as Labour fails to inject cash
Inside Housing
Date: 8th Dec 2005
Government spending on social housing has fallen to 'historically low levels' with far fewer homes being built under Labour than during the tail end of the Conservative administration, new figures have revealed....more

Treasury maps Credit Unions and CDFIs
Date: 8th Dec 2005
Survey 'will help identify gaps in the coverage of affordable sources of credit and inform future policy development'....more

More justice services to be run by voluntary organisations
Date: 8th Dec 2005

Youth Justice Board welcomes move, but penal campaign group warns of 'increased the risk to the public and a death sentence for a public probation service'.


UK says EU deal supports cities and housing
Planning Resource
Date: 8th Dec 2005
European Union ministers this week agreed a deal that the UK government believes will ensure more backing for urban regeneration and housing growth. ...more

Futurebuilders Scotland learning Fund - still open for business
Communities Scotland
Date: 6th Dec 2005
Having to date provided £260,000 to help 56 social economy organisations take advantage of learning opportunities, the fund is still open to new applications.  ...more

Firm turns the heat up on winter woes
Scot Reid
Date: 6th Dec 2005
Employee-owned business is at the heart of the Scottish Executive's successful intitiative to secure free central heating for the elderly....more

It's the people's land ... but how would we know?

Date: 6th Dec 2005
A record of land and assets worth millions that belong to the people of Edinburgh is being neglected by city leaders, according to new research. ...more

One in three disabled Scots are in poverty
Joseph Rowntree Trust
Date: 6th Dec 2005
Disabled poverty is double the rate for adults without disabilities and above poverty rate for either pensioners or children, says Joseph Rowntree report...more

NHS network on social enterprise started
Date: 6th Dec 2005

Network reflects interest in how social enterprises can deliver services, and the wish to find out more about detail and mechanics of social enterprise


Brown tells banks: give up dormant cash
Nick Mathiason and Heather Stewart
Date: 5th Dec 2005
High street banks will have to give up 'dormant' cash worth up to £1.5 billion under new plans announced by Gordon Brown....more

Scotland 'can lead in eco hols market'
Regeneration and Renewal
Date: 5th Dec 2005
Scotland should market itself on being a world leader in environmental sustainability, a leading development agency official has urged. ...more

Scots head towards green procurement
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 5th Dec 2005
Directive to force the Scottish public sector to buy only goods produced in an environmentally-friendly way 'is inevitable' says review head....more

Barnett formula is stifling your creativity, Scots told
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 4th Dec 2005
Advantageous formula could be 'compromising spending innovation north of the border'....more
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