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Ministers embark on rural tour
Rural Community Gateway
Date: 26th Jul 2007
Do you have a question about land reform, fisheries or agriculture? Maybe you have something to say about rural development? If so, you might want to head along to one of the Ministers’ Question and Answer evenings being held this summer....more

Brown searches for enterprise ambassadors
Emma Thelwell
Date: 25th Jul 2007
Prime Minister Gordon Brown is searching for 20 ambassadors to join the ranks of the Social Enterprise Action Plan he launched last year....more

Housing top of Executive agenda
Date: 25th Jul 2007
Maximising the number of new homes built across Scotland presents an immense challenge but is top of the Scottish Government's agenda, a conference will hear today....more

Moving forward on charity public benefit test
XPress Digest
Date: 25th Jul 2007
The Scottish charity regulator OSCR has produced the results from its pilot assessments leading to the full Rolling Review of Scotland’s existing registered charities....more

New bill could lead to a windfall for good causes
Jamie Carpenter.
Date: 24th Jul 2007
Cash in unclaimed bank accounts could be released to help tackle financial exclusion under a bill announced last week....more

Doubts raised about long term viability of social enterprises in NHS
Caroline White
Date: 24th Jul 2007
A new report indicates that while the potential for innovation and more responsive services is recognised, there are anxieties about the integration of social enterprises into the 'NHS family' and their sustainability....more

Residents to get say in spending decisions
Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Date: 19th Jul 2007
Local areas across England are to be given a "community kitty" so that residents can control how millions of pounds are spent on regenerating their neighbourhoods, according to the new communities secretary....more

Free legal advice offered to Social Enterprise Coalition members
Care and Health
Date: 13th Jul 2007
Third sector and social enterprise legal specialists, Hempsons, has launched a free legal helpline designed to provide topline guidance on key operational legal issues for social enterprises....more

Launchpad undertake carpet recycling service
Per Fischer
Date: 12th Jul 2007
Launchpad Training & Enterprise's new carpet recycling service Launchpad House & Home has begun accepting donations of carpets and floor tiles. ...more

Local Campaigners launch bid to save Meadowbank Stadium from housing redevelopment
Susan Downer
Date: 11th Jul 2007
Scottish campaigners have announced plans to buy Edinburgh's Meadowbank Stadium to prevent a council sell-off....more

Barge given new lease of life by shipyard workers
Iain Lundy
Date: 11th Jul 2007
A canal barge used for getaway holidays for underprivileged youngsters is back in action....more

Communities Scotland sets targets for 2007/08
Communities Scotland
Date: 5th Jul 2007
Ten new targets "will give the housing and regeneration agency operational certainty while Ministers consider the most effective organisational structures to support national, regional and local delivery of its policies."...more

Scottish Parliament's Procurement Services publish 'Responsible Purchasing'
Scottish Parliament
Date: 5th Jul 2007
The Scottish Parliament has adopted a ‘responsible purchasing’ policy for the Procurement Services. They will be adopting 4 broad criteria – professionalism, environmental impact, social and ethic issues and SME’s and Scottish suppliers. ...more

Scots' social sector fillip
Ben Cook
Date: 4th Jul 2007
Social enterprises have welcomed proposals from the Scottish Executive to boost their role in delivering public services....more

Government plan to have social aims in contracts
Nathalie Thomas
Date: 4th Jul 2007
The Office of the Third Sector is researching how social clauses can be added to all types of public contract, from those governing public construction work to those for social care services....more

Mini-democracy in the making
Peter Hetherington
Date: 4th Jul 2007
Hazel Blears, the new communities and local government secretary, has long been a champion of giving power to neighbourhoods, but can she persuade councils that it's the right thing to do?...more

Call to scrap VAT on social centres
Simon Ellery
Date: 4th Jul 2007
Housing associations are pressing the treasury to scrap tax rules which discourage them from building and running community centres for their residents....more

Schools to teach social enterprise
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 4th Jul 2007
Children in England will be taught about social enterprises as part of the GCSE and A-Level syllabus under government plans launched this week....more

Community cycling company manager retires after 23 years at helm
Date: 3rd Jul 2007
Tony Cassidy, General Manager of Alloa Community Enterprises (ACE) has stepped down after 23 years in charge of the award winning company based in Alloa, Clackmannanshire....more

Swinney opens McSence contact centre
Date: 3rd Jul 2007
The new McSence contact centre in Mayfield, which has created 30 jobs locally, has been officially opened....more

Prison health contract goes to Secure Healthcare
Amy Taylor
Date: 3rd Jul 2007
A prison health care contract has been awarded to a social enterprise for the first time, it was announced yesterday. ...more

Executive to set up housing task force
Robert Boddy
Date: 2nd Jul 2007
A housing supply task force is being established by the Scottish Executive to take on what communities minister Stewart Maxwell says is an "immense" problem. ...more
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