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Call for ‘fairer’ green tax system
Hepreet Kaur Grewal
Date: 29th Oct 2004
Green taxes are hitting low-income families harder than other social groups, says a new report which calls for reform of the environmental tax collection system. ...more

Euro funding to help Scots into work
Scottish Executive
Date: 29th Oct 2004
More than £25 million of investment for projects designed to boost employment opportunities have been announced. ...more

Councils ‘turning away’ homeless
Matt Weaver and Faisal al Yafai
Date: 27th Oct 2004
Councils are deliberately refusing to accept genuinely vulnerable people as homeless because they do not have the homes or resources to help them, housing lawyers have warned MPs....more

Community traders 'need light touch'
New Start
Date: 27th Oct 2004
The government has been urged to ensure new community interest companies are regulated with as light a touch as possible....more

Guidance set to turn groups into charities
Date: 26th Oct 2004
Organisations that promote the voluntary sector for the benefit of the public will be recognised as charities under new guidance. ...more

Planners and regulators put Scots at risk
New start
Date: 25th Oct 2004
lack of communication and understanding between planners and environmental agencies exposes people to pollution, research highlights. ...more

Prices biggest cause of British housing crisis
Manchester online
Date: 25th Oct 2004
The price of property is the top housing problem facing Britain today, according to research by the charity Shelter....more

Aith gets lottery joy for community redevelopment
Shetland News
Date: 25th Oct 2004
Scottish Land Fund grant enables purchase and redevelopment of former knitwear factory in the middle of the Westside village....more

Futurebuilders gets surprise response
Third Sector
Date: 22nd Oct 2004
Small charities have responded to Futurebuilders in greater numbers than had been expected....more

Jump in lottery ticket sales brings in extra £50m for charities
Regeneration magazine
Date: 22nd Oct 2004
National Lottery contributions to the good causes pot rose by nearly £50 million over the last six months, it emerged this week....more

Franchise model ‘can assist deprived areas’
Samantha Thorp
Date: 22nd Oct 2004
The franchise model operated by multinational corporations such as McDonald's is one of the best forms of enterprise for deprived communities, a new report argues....more

Executive to plough £350m to tackle recycling
Date: 18th Oct 2004
The Scottish Executive today set tough new recycling targets as it announced a £350 million funding boost to tackle Scotland’s poor waste record. ...more

Private money steers clear of renewal fog
New Start
Date: 18th Oct 2004
Private investors are shying away from regeneration areas, despite clear evidence of healthy returns, a leading expert has claimed....more

Bank provides debt advisers with £1.8m
Regeneration magazine
Date: 18th Oct 2004
A scheme to provide better money advice to people at risk of indebtedness was launched this week with funding from Royal Bank of Scotland...more

Significant funding for waterways
Scott Exec
Date: 15th Oct 2004
A major waterways investment is to "provide a safe and secure infrastructure that will help revitalise Scotland's canal culture."...more

SCVO warns on charity regulation
Third Sector
Date: 15th Oct 2004
New draft "goes beyond its remit of interpretation of charity accounting rules and strays into English regulation of Scottish Charities." ...more

Communities Scotland hails targets success for 2004
Communities Scotland
Date: 15th Oct 2004
Communities Scotland hit all nine targets set by Ministers for 2003/04 including exceeding the target for the supply of affordable homes. ...more

Street wardens may be reprieved
Nick loney
Date: 15th Oct 2004
An award-winning street warden scheme facing closure next year has won a possible reprieve after its parent local authority was ordered to look for ways to continue funding it....more

Co-op lending fund gives out £500k by its second birthday
Third Sector
Date: 12th Oct 2004
Co-operative Action, set up to help co-ops, mutuals and social enterprises throughout the UK, has now loaned more than £500,000 since its creation in 2002....more

Think tank looks to raise Scots spirits
Date: 12th Oct 2004
A new think tank has been launched in Scotland to tackle regional disparities and improve the quality of policymaking for regeneration and economic development ...more

Innovation fund invites applications
The Lighthouse
Date: 12th Oct 2004
Individuals, groups and organisations committed to the quality of the built environment are invited to apply for grants up to £5,000 to stimulate new ways of engaging Scotland's people with their environment....more

PPP ventures ‘need more guidance’
Nick Loney
Date: 11th Oct 2004
Government flagship policy of using public private partnerships to deliver regeneration projects is undermined by public and private sectors being culturally poles apart, it's claimed...more

Credit unions angle for basic bank accounts
Date: 11th Oct 2004
Credit union customers could get access to cash machines and direct debit facilities under proposals being drawn up by the Association of British Credit Unions and a high street bank....more

Staff volunteering brings in £1bn
Jamie Carpenter
Date: 8th Oct 2004
Employer-supported volunteering schemes involve 1.5 million people in England and Wales, a Home Office report released this week reveals....more

Chisholm becomes fifth communities minister in five years.
New Start
Date: 8th Oct 2004
Margaret Curran has been replaced by former health minister Malcolm Chisholm as Scotland's communities minister as part of a sweeping Scottish cabinet reshuffle....more

Legal hitch in Scotland land purchase plans
Date: 6th Oct 2004
Lawyers for the Scottish Executive are set to meet advisers to clarify details of a flagship scheme which allows residents to buy their own land, after a media enquiry unearthed a legal loophole....more

Multi million pound community fund for young is launched
Date: 5th Oct 2004
A multi-million pound fund to help young people to contribute to their community and overcome disadvantage has been launched by the Big Lottery Fund. ...more

Scots budget gives go-ahead for rail link
Evening Times
Date: 4th Oct 2004
Finance Minister Andy Kerr has unveiled the Scottish Executive's spending plans for the next three years - and said they would allow a start to be made on the rail link to Glasgow Airport. ...more

Social enterprise to win a central role in Defra plan
Caron Lipman and Henry Palmer
Date: 1st Oct 2004
Social enterprises are poised to win a key role at the heart of the government’s sustainable development strategy....more
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