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Senscot Blog: The reality behind the Social Enterprise Census 2017 figures
Date: 21st Sep 2017

The coverage given to the Scottish SE Census 2017 was inevitable and welcome; having a second, comprehensive data set about this growing sector presents the first real opportunity to understand emerging trends and paint an accurate picture of Scotland’s social economy.

What was also inevitable but less welcome, however, was the spin put on its findings from some quarters – at the expense of the some of the realities of the SE community in Scotland.


Ministerial statement on homelessness
Scottish Government
Date: 20th Sep 2017

Presiding Officer, thank you for the opportunity to set out our ambitious plans to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.


Tax derelict land to tackle housing crisis, finds Scottish Greens report
Scottish Housing News
Date: 19th Sep 2017

Giving local councils the power to tax the 20,000 football pitches’ worth of vacant and derelict land in Scotland could generate £200 million a year to build affordable homes and tackle the housing crisis, according to research by the Scottish Greens.


New social security agency to create 1,500 jobs in Dundee and Glasgow
BBC News
Date: 19th Sep 2017


Scotland's new social security agency will have its headquarters in Dundee, the first minister has confirmed.

Scotland is setting forth on a progressive course to tackle the big issues …
The National, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 13th Sep 2017

It's a tale of two governments. In Scotland, the Scottish Government’s rolling out a programme that tackles all the biggies – climate change, poverty and economic stagnation.


Recruitment agency Cordant morphs into social enterprise
The Guardian, by Rob Davies
Date: 12th Sep 2017

One of the UK’s largest recruitment firms is to tear up its 60-year-old structure and become a “social enterprise” with a pay cap and profit-sharing plan, in a move the family who own the company hope will inspire others businesses to follow suit.


Nicola Sturgeon announces funding of Universal Basic Income trials
The Scotsman, by Ross McCafferty
Date: 7th Sep 2017


The Scottish Government will fund research into the concept of providing all citizens with a Universal Basic Income, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announed yesterday. 

Evidence against Murdoch bid for Sky is growing
The Guardian, by Ed Miliband
Date: 7th Sep 2017

Ed Miliband has claimed that evidence against the Murdochs being allowed to take full control of Sky is growing, and there is an “overwhelming” case for the government to launch a full investigation into how the proposed deal would affect broadcasting standards in the UK.


Poverty, illness, homelessness – no wonder McDonald’s UK workers are going on strike
The Guardian, by Aditya Chakrabortty
Date: 6th Sep 2017

Treat this as a story about a giant company, if you want, or about an entire rotten system.

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