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 http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/New-ministerial-line-up-unveiled-1285.aspx.
Plus, the First Minister’s ‘Programme for Government’ speech is here, or see the news release at http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Programme-for-Government-12b0.aspx » Continue reading news item ... “New sector minister in Scottish Government”
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.
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 http://www.vita.it/europe/index.html)
A new report from international development umbrella body Bond sets out the different factors that NGOs need to consider in deciding whether to bid for and engage with Payment by Results contracts.
Get ‘Payment by Results: What it Means for UK NGOs’ (pdf, 384KB) via http://www.bond.org.uk/news.php/419/payment-by-results-what-it-means-for-uk-ngos.
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 http://www.scvo.org.uk/media-release/democracy-still-failing-too-many-people-in-scotland/ or go the discussion paper ‘A new democracy for Scotland‘.
A new website launched by the Archbishop’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings highlights initiatives to support credit unions, other community finance organisations and local money advice services.
Abcul news item http://www.abcul.coop/media-and-research/news/view/513 or go direct to ToYourCredit http://www.toyourcredit.org.uk/.