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Community recycling head slams government "mixed messages"
Date: 29th Nov 2006

The new chair of the Community Recycling Network has slammed Defra for its "lack of real support" for the sector, and says the government is sending 'mixed messages' towards the community recycling sector. 


November removal of ceased charities
Date: 28th Nov 2006
The third set of 'ceased charities' which Scottish charity regulator OSCR is proposing to remove from the official register has been published, numbering almost 500....more

Glasgow firms up main goals for city centre
Planning magazine
Date: 27th Nov 2006
Improving the physical infrastructure of Glasgow city centre and regenerating the Clyde waterfront area have been listed as two priorities in the drive to create a world-class city. ...more

Housing associations urged to start up social enterprise schemes
Date: 27th Nov 2006
The National Housing Federation and BIGinvest are jointly encouraging non-profit housing associations to take up an opportunity to start up new social enterprise schemes. BIGinvest is an initiative of one of the most influential social businesses in the UK, The Big Issue....more

Policy Paper on Business Support
Social Enterprise Coalition
Date: 24th Nov 2006
The Social Enterprise Coalition has written a policy paper which sets out the case for appropriate and targeted business support provision. Download the paper here ...more

Building a social investment market
Date: 24th Nov 2006
A report recommending the ways in which social investors can work together to help third sector organisations access alternative funding, was launched today by Futurebuilders England and CAF Venturesome, on behalf of the Social Investment Market (SIM) Group. ...more

Replace Churchill with Toynbee, Tories urged
Date: 22nd Nov 2006
The Conservatives need to abandon their "out of date" ideas about poverty and the welfare state, according to one of the party's policy advisers, who is urging the party to look to social commentator Polly Toynbee rather than the ideas of wartime Tory leader Winston Churchill....more

MPs’ report says banks are turning away poorer customers
Phillip Inman
Date: 21st Nov 2006
High-street banks prevent customers on low incomes from using essential services and treat them as "second-class citizens", according to a report yesterday by a powerful parliamentary committee....more

Book campaigner named as social entrepreneur of the year
Date: 20th Nov 2006
Kyle Zimmer, president and co-founder of First Book, an international nonprofit that gives children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books, has been named Social Entrepreneur of the Year in the United States by the Geneva, Swiss-based Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. ...more

£15m fund to boost set up of social enterprises
Jamie Carpenter
Date: 17th Nov 2006
More than £15 million of government cash will be invested in new measures designed to encourage the creation of thousands more social enterprises, minister for the third sector Ed Miliband said this week. ...more

'Don't let charities bid for services' - Amicus
Third Sector magazine
Date: 17th Nov 2006
Trade union Amicus has urged the Treasury to bar voluntary and private sector organisations from bidding for public sector contracts....more

New skills bid to help young people succeed
Glasgow Evening News
Date: 17th Nov 2006
One of Scotland's most successful social enterprises is launching a new scheme to give people the skills to get into work. The Kibble Education and Care Centre, a residential care home in Paisley, has created KibbleWorks, a group of "businesses" which will give young people work experience in a range of sectors. ...more

Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition manifesto launched
Date: 17th Nov 2006
As launch takes place on Social Enterprise Day, political parties are called on to put social enterprise at the heart of their upcoming Holyrood election campaigns....more

2006 social enterprise action plan launched
Cabinet Office
Date: 16th Nov 2006

A new action plan for social enterprise entitled "Social Enterprise Action Plan: Scaling new heights" has been launched by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, and Cabinet Office Ministers Hilary Armstrong and Ed Miliband. The plan aims to raise awareness of what social enterprises can achieve and encourage more participation and investment.


Foreign graduates remain in Scotland
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 13th Nov 2006
More than 1,800 non-UK citizens who have graduated from Scottish universities have taken up an offer to stay in Scotland under a national programme to repopulate the country, new figures show. ...more

Executive accused of business bias over Clyde regeneration
Barry McCarthy
Date: 10th Nov 2006
Campaigners say local communities were not consulted properly over the plans and claim the lack of engagement typifies the executive’s attitude towards deprived areas. ...more

Skills gap raises business fears
BBC Scotland
Date: 7th Nov 2006
Almost half of Scottish companies think that a skills shortage is the biggest threat to the nation's economic future, according to new research. ...more

Islands buyout gets lottery boost
Date: 7th Nov 2006
Residents on South Uist have received £2m in lottery funding towards a community buyout of the island group. ...more

Big lottery bonus for Perth and Kinross youngsters
Big Lottery
Date: 6th Nov 2006
The Big Lottery Fund announced on Friday over £2 million to 19 projects across Scotland, including a youth drop in centre in Blairgowrie and a careers advice project that will benefit many secondary school pupils across Perth and Kinross. ...more

Councils must jump through more hoops to get unitary status
Barry McCarthy
Date: 3rd Nov 2006
Deprivation is being ignored in small towns north of the border because the Scottish Executive is too focused on developing cities, local authority officials have warned. ...more

Inverclyde tenants to be able to text vote in transfer ballot.
Date: 3rd Nov 2006
Inverclyde tenants will be able to vote by text message in the forthcoming ballot on housing transfer. This is the first time in Scotland that text messaging has been used in a transfer ballot or, indeed, any other kind of public referendum....more
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