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City housing chief quits over feud
Tom Gordon
Date: 19th Dec 2006
The head of Scotland's biggest social landlord is to quit his job after a long-running feud with ministers over funding. ...more

Demolition time for estate from explosive TV paint ad
Thomas Quinn
Date: 18th Dec 2006
The site of the year's most breathtaking commercial will be razed as Glasgow pumps £100m into housing schemes. ...more

Tory charity plan to tackle poverty
Stuart Macdonald
Date: 18th Dec 2006
Large charities could be forced to make some of their estimated £34 billion bank reserves available to smaller charities under a future Conservative government. ...more

2,500 post offices face closure
BBC News
Date: 18th Dec 2006
Opposition warns, "This is the death knell for thousands of local shops and rural businesses that depend on their local post office." ...more

Cameron argues for shift from ‘state welfare’ to ‘social welfare’
Date: 15th Dec 2006
Speaking at a conference for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations yesterday, the Conservative leader called for a revolution in Britain’s social economy comparable to the revolution of the commercial economy in the 1980s....more

Kelly unveils green vision for UK homes
Matt Weaver
Date: 15th Dec 2006
The communities secretary, Ruth Kelly has set out a timetable for making all new homes "zero carbon" within a decade, as builders warned the plan would hamper a government building programme aimed at solving the housing crisis....more

Social enterprise graduates double in a year
Date: 14th Dec 2006
47 social entrepreneurs graduate from the Social Enterprise Academy this week, including people starting a bakery on Lewis, a bike recycling project in Perth and quit-smoking classes across lowland Scotland. ...more

Stephen promises to expand social enterprise
Date: 14th Dec 2006
As the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition marks its first birthday, Enterprise Minister Nicol Stephen has given his backing to Scottish Executive plans to significantly expand the country’s social enterprise sector,...more

Free cash machines for poor areas
Date: 13th Dec 2006
Up to 600 free-to-use cash machines are going to be placed in low income areas of the country, it has been announced. The pledge by the UK's biggest banks follows a parliamentary investigation into the spread of charging machines. ...more

As climate change threatens skiing, hill resort aims to diversify
John Ross
Date: 12th Dec 2006
The CairnGorm Mountain resort yesterday launched a plan for its long-term sustainability, with or without snow. ...more

Consultation on community investment tax relief and other incentives
Cabinet Office
Date: 10th Dec 2006
The Government yesterday set out where interested parties might submit evidence on how the operation of the community investment tax relief and other incentives might be improved....more

Community Groups to Benefit from Co-operative Profit Share
Co-op UK
Date: 8th Dec 2006
The Co-operative Group has declared a members' share of profit (dividend) totalling £13m of which almost £450,000 will go directly to community groups....more

Plan for third sector role in public services and interim third sector review published
Date: 8th Dec 2006
Alongside today's Pre-Budget Report two reports were published to strengthen the partnership between government and the third sector....more

Scots jobs projects get crisis cash
Jamie Carpenter
Date: 4th Dec 2006
The Scottish Executive is to hand more than £5 million to employment and training projects to help them cope with a delay in implementing new European structural funding programmes. ...more

Big Issue founder Bird launches local loyalty scheme
Jennifer Whitehead
Date: 4th Dec 2006
John Bird, founder of the Big Issue, has launched a new loyalty card scheme that is designed to encourage people to shop at small local retailers....more

‘Social stock market’ is mooted
Helen Warrel
Date: 4th Dec 2006
Social enterprises should consider forming a UK social investment  market to access capital for growth, according to a joint research  project by CAF and the New Economics Foundation....more

Wins for Furniture Plus at Community of the Year Awards
Furniture Plus
Date: 1st Dec 2006
Furniture Plus, "a fantastic example of environmental, social and economic interests coming together" has won the environment and business categories of the Calor Scottish Community of the Year Awards 2006 ...more

Scottish social housing will be desperate measure
Inside Housing
Date: 1st Dec 2006
Social housing in Scotland will increasingly be a tenure of last resort, with a dramatic fall in the proportion of the population it houses, a report commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has concluded. ...more

Volunteer levels could fall - MSPs
Third Sector magazine
Date: 1st Dec 2006
A committee of MSPs has criticised the Scottish Executive's  proposed legislation to protect vulnerable people, saying it could  result in a downturn in volunteering. ...more
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