Social Enterprise Scotland has published a local election manifesto with a call for social enterprise networks in ‘every corner of Scotland’. Local areas without social enterprise networks or strategies should drive these forward, it says, and align themselves with the Scottish government’s national social enterprise strategy, set out in December 2016 for the next decade. As local authority elections across Scotland approach in early May, Social Enterprise Scotland calls on local authorities across the country to increase their contact with social enterprise, not only as supporters and funders for the sector, but also bringing them on board as customers and within policy- and decision-making forums. The local election manifesto for social enterprise 2017 says that barriers still exist that prevent the voice of the social enterprise sector being heard in council committees, service redesign and community and neighbourhood planning arenas. While many local authorities purchase goods and services from social … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Clare Goff
Clare Goff is editor of New Start magazine