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Social projects ‘must consolidate’
Nick Loney
Date: 31st Jan 2005
Community development finance institutions won't attract significant private investment until they offer commercial rates of return, warns report....more

Prescott pledges action on sink estates
Matt Weaver
Date: 31st Jan 2005
Sink estate homes to be offered for sale and rent to higher income groups as part of a plan to tackle areas of concentrated poverty...more

BBC launches Community Network
Date: 31st Jan 2005
New website for users to register and publicise their own community activities, campaign issue or project.  ...more

Social enterprises told to promote values as unique selling point
Henry Palmer
Date: 28th Jan 2005
Treasury warns they must shout more loudly how their values mark them out from private and public sector competitors. ...more

Communities set to benefit from owning their own wind farm
Date: 27th Jan 2005
Studies also show majority of people within communities where wind farms have already been built are supportive of them, conference hears ...more

Milburn hails role of social enterprise
Simon Cattle
Date: 25th Jan 2005
Policy chief urges greatly increased role in public service provision under a third-term Labour government. ...more

Brownfields projects downgraded
Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Date: 25th Jan 2005
Priority of brownfield regeneration goes to bottom of list of nine indicators determining regional development agency funding....more

Plan for 'urban quarter' at capital brewery site
Date: 24th Jan 2005
200m redevelopment of a former beer distribution depot in Edinburgh ito nvolve hundreds of homes, offices, and shops....more

Leading charities back child poverty charter
Dan Webber
Date: 24th Jan 2005
New charter maps out how the next government can lift at least one million UK children out of poverty by the end of the decade....more

Scots may loss £600m Euro cash
Samantha Thorp
Date: 21st Jan 2005

regeneration funding may go if European Commission plans to redirect structural funds towards the new member states go ahead, Executive warns


Executive in £325m rail takeover
Date: 21st Jan 2005
Funding has been secured to enable the Scottish Executive to take over responsibility of Scotland's railways. ...more

‘New era of community finance’ for Scotland
New Start magazine
Date: 21st Jan 2005
A bold new era for community finance has been proposed by Scottish ministers in a new financial inclusion action plan....more

Lottery transition policy 'crass'
Third Sector magazine
Date: 19th Jan 2005
Lottery funding will be reduced to a trickle for an indefinite period after the Community Fund closes for applications on 31 May. ...more

Online lottery reveals lucky seven charities
Third Sector magazine
Date: 19th Jan 2005
A £100,000 lottery has been set up to raise millions each year for seven UK charities. ...more

Big names link up to lobby for end to child poverty
Third Sector
Date: 19th Jan 2005
Oxfam, RNID and Barnardo's are among the sector's big names backing a radical 10-point charter to lift 1 million children out of poverty by the end of the decade. ...more

£200m vision for social sector
New Start
Date: 18th Jan 2005

Plans for investment vehicle to develop cultural hubs in disadvantaged areas put before government's Small Business Service.


Risk model will help investors assess health of social eneterprises
New start
Date: 17th Jan 2005

Hundreds of thousands of pounds could be ploughed into the social economy through a new programme to improve investment by business and financial institutions


Glasgow chosen as base for new transport agency
Stephen Stewart
Date: 17th Jan 2005
Transport Scotland, whose job will be to deliver major road and rail improvements, will have 200 staff and is due to open by the end of the year....more

Cash crisis urban aid group facing closure
Jason Cumming
Date: 12th Jan 2005

A major regeneration agency in the capital, Wester Hailes Representative Council, faces closure.



Growth rate concern triggers inquiry
new start
Date: 11th Jan 2005
Scotland's poor business growth rate has prompted MSPs to launch an inquiry into how to increase economic activity over the next ten years. ...more

Scottish pathfinder progress hampered by staff shortages
Susan Downer
Date: 11th Jan 2005
A flagship regeneration initiative to improve public services in some of the poorest parts of Scotland was held up because the 14 pathfinders struggled to attract staff....more

Big Funding Changes Announced
Date: 11th Jan 2005
Changes to the funding processes of the Big Lottery Fund - due to come in this year - are being announced....more

Easy Guide To Community Interest Companies Published
Date: 11th Jan 2005

DTI aims to raise awareness and encourage interest in registering Community Interest Companies



Rural Wind Up
Date: 11th Jan 2005
Windfarms and unaffordable housing are the biggest issues concerning rural Scots according to a new online poll ...more

‘Quality of Life’ funding for all council areas
Scottish Executive
Date: 10th Jan 2005
Every local authority in Scotland will receive its share of a £100 million Quality of Life fund to address local issues....more

The End of ‘Right-to-Buy’?
Date: 10th Jan 2005
A review of Scotland's 'right-to-buy' housing policy is to come under review....more

Forestry project could provide 500 new jobs in Highlands
Source: Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Date: 10th Jan 2005

Enterprise company approves study into construction of £1bn state-of-the-art integrated pulpmill, papermill, sawmill and renewable energy generation plant.


Rural sector helping the most vulnerable
Graham Readfearn
Date: 6th Jan 2005
Social enterprises are having a 'tangible and positive impact' on the lives of people living in rural Britain, according to major new research....more

Prescott’s ‘super parish’ revolution
Peter Hetherington
Date: 6th Jan 2005
Communities may get powers to run services like street cleaning, parks and neighbourhood wardens under government plans to bypass town halls with super-parish councils....more
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