New sector minister in Scottish Government

The recently selected Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has created a new ministerial position of Cabinet secretary for social justice, communities and pensioners rights, which includes responsibility for the third sector. Alex Neil is the first occupant. See Third Force News for more on the ministerial reshuffle or go to the official news release at

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Early action commission for Southwark

The new Southwark Early Action Commission, the first of its kind, will try to find practical ways of reducing needs and preventing harm through early action. Set up by Southwark Council and Clinical Commissioning Group through the local Health and Wellbeing Board, it is chaired by Margaret Hodge MP (also the chair of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee).

New Economics Foundation has more.

Women’s social entrepreneurship in Europe

Can fostering women’s social entrepreneurship in Europe create jobs, solve social issues, and bring more women into the traditional entrepreneurship sector? The European Women’s Lobby has launched their WEstart project, ‘Mapping Women’s Social Entrepreneurship in Europe‘, to gain a better understanding of the current situation across 10 EU states.

(Source: Vita Europe

Making Scottish democracy work for the people

Following the energy of the independence campaign, Scottish umbrella body SCVO has published a report calling for a rethink of democracy in Scotland “so that it works for the vulnerable people whose lives are most directly affected by decisions about welfare reform, the economy, and health and social care”.

SCVO news release or go the discussion paper ‘A new democracy for Scotland‘.