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									    Minority Ethnic Matters Overview                                      24 September 2007 / Issue 99


         MEMO is produced by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities
    in partnership with BEMIS. It provides an overview of information of interest
    to minority ethnic communities in Scotland, including parliamentary activity
           at Holyrood and Westminster, new publications, consultations,
                    forthcoming conferences and news reports.


                                          Contents
           Immigration and Asylum                 Other News
           Race Relations                         Bills in Progress
           Race Equality                          Consultations
           Racism                                 Job Opportunities
           Other Holyrood                         Events/Conferences/Training Courses
           New Publications                       Useful Links

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Immigration and Asylum
 Westminster Parliamentary Questions
    Damian Green [155542]: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projections the
    Government have made of levels of net immigration in (a) 2008, (b) 2013, (c) 2018 and (d)
    2023; and if he will make a statement.
         Reply from Angela Eagle: The information requested falls within the responsibility of
         the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
         Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 17 September 2007:
         As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question regarding what
         projections have been made for net in-migration for the years (a) 2008 (b) 2013 (c)
         2018 and (d) 2023. (155542)
         The most recent assumptions made about the future level of migration are those
         published in October 2005 as part of the 2004-based national population projections. A
         long-term assumption of net inward migration of 145,000 was made for the United
         Kingdom. This assumption applies from 2007-08 onwards and therefore all of the years
         listed above have a projected net in-migration of 145,000.
   Reply continues on next page




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Immigration and Asylum
Westminster Parliamentary Questions (continued)
  Reply continued from previous page:
          New assumptions will be made for the 2006-based national population projections.
          Details of these assumptions will be released in the next edition of Population Trends,
          on 27 September 2007. The 2006-based population projections will be published on the
          National Statistics website on 23 October 2007.
   http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmhansrd/cm070917/text/70917w0016.ht
   m#07091719000015

        James Clappison [152594]: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what
        research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the impact of migration on the
        labour market; and what assessment he has made of the impact of migration on
        measures to promote welfare to work.
                Reply from James Plaskitt: In February 2006, DWP published a working paper
                on the impact of free movement of workers from Central and Eastern Europe on
                the UK labour market. This is available in the Library.
                DWP also contribute to the quarterly accession monitoring report which is
                published on the Home Office website.
                We are continuing to monitor the impact of accession country migration on the UK
                labour market.
                In the last year, despite the effect of EU expansion on the number of workers from
                the new member states registering to work in the UK, the claimant unemployment
                count has fallen by over 90,000.
                The availability of new workers from abroad does not reduce the need to ensure
                that domestic workers have the skills and support they need to compete effectively
                in the labour market. Over the last 10 years the Government has significantly
                increased its investment in helping people move back into work, and the recent
                Green Paper "In work, better off: next steps to full employment" sets out proposals
                to further extend the opportunity for individuals to take up one of the 600,000
                vacancies that come up each and every month.
        http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmhansrd/cm070917/text/70917w00
        29.htm#07091720000063




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Immigration and Asylum
Westminster Parliamentary Questions (continued)
   Shailesh Vara [155571]: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people from the
   2004 EU accession countries entered the UK in each year since the accession, broken down
   by country of origin; what the average length of stay was estimated to be of such visitors; and
   how many have subsequently returned to their home country.
        Reply from Angela Eagle: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the
        National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
        Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 17 September 2007:
        As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary
        Question asking about the number of people from the 2004 EU Accession Countries who
        entered the UK in each year by country of origin, what the average length of stay was
        estimated to be for such visitors, and how many have subsequently returned to their
        home country. (155571)
        Visits to the UK by overseas residents are estimated from data collected on the
        International Passenger Survey (IPS). A visit is defined as being a stay of less than 12
        months. The survey is conducted at major airports, and on major sea and tunnel routes,
        and the data collected are weighted up to national passenger figures provided by CAA
        and BAA, Department for Transport, Eurotunnel and Eurostar.
        The IPS is a continuous survey carried out throughout the year. Approximately 1 in 500
        passengers passing through airports, seaports and die tunnel are sampled and both
        overseas residents and UK residents are interviewed. The survey measures the numbers
        of visits to the UK by overseas residents and overseas by UK residents and how much is
        spent on each of these visits. As it measures visits, any one person travelling a number
        of times will be counted each time they travel.
        The information contained within the attached table shows the estimated number of visits
        by residents of those countries who joined the European Union in 2004, and the average
        length of visit.
        Those people entering the UK who stay for 12 months or more are defined as long term
        international in-migrants and are treated separately from visitors (staying under 12
        months). Estimates of AS migration by country of last residence, for 2004 and 2005 are
        available from the National Statistics website at:
        http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=507
        Table 2.2
        Estimates for 2006 will-be published on 15 November 2007.
        No data are available on the numbers of migrants who subsequently return to their
        country of previous residence. Data on numbers of out-migrants in any year to A8
        countries are available from the link above.
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Immigration and Asylum
Westminster Parliamentary Questions (continued)
  Reply continued from previous page:
              Estimated number of visits to the United Kingdom by residents of the 2004 EU
              accession countries and average length of stay, 2004-06
                            2004                    2005                   2006
                            Number      Average     Number of Average      Number of Average
                            of visits   length of   visits     length of   visits     length of
                            (thousa     stay        (thousand) stay        (thousand) stay
                            nd)         (nights)               (nights)               (nights)
               Malta        58          9           53         8           57         8
               Southern     98          12          99         12          105        11
               Cyprus
               Slovenia     66          5           55         4           68         14
               The Czech 274            7           292        9           323        12
               State
               Slovakia     63          8           148        17          242        13
               Hungary      188         10          274        10          278        9
               Poland       528         22          1,041      20          1,326      17
               Estonia      21          5           36         3           41         5
               Latvia       30          15          68         27          89         16
                Lithuania   83        30        134        30       148         10
        http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmhansrd/cm070917/text/70917w00
        16.htm#07091719000016


News
   Polish election campaign trail leads to UK
   http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1484442007

   Lib Dems call for migrant amnesty
   http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6999611.stm

   Delegates back amnesty for illegal immigrants
   http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1499022007

   French MPs debate immigrants bill
   http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7000095.stm




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Immigration and Asylum
News (continued)
  Lib Dems call for amnesty for illegal immigrants
  http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1493842007

  Police chief fears migrant impact
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7001768.stm

  The impact of migrants
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7001947.stm

  Let’s talk our way out of the immigration taboo
  http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/featuresopinon/display.var.1701062.0.0.php

  Poles conned by bogus job agents
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7005175.stm

  Poles lured to Scotland and conned out of money
  http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.1704526.0.0.php

  Migrant Poles tricked by bogus work scam
  http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1510722007

  Police aim to guide Poles
  http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1519842007

  Time for common sense, not a ‘crack down’, on migrants
  http://www.sundayherald.com/oped/opinion/display.var.1708447.0.time_for_common_sense_n
  ot_a_crack_down_on_migrants.php

  Migrants ‘should pay for services’
  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article2512392.ece

  Don’t panic, we can cope with migrants
  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article2510762.ece

  Too late to speak the truth about immigration
  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/minette_marrin/article2511938.ece

  Force that ‘can’t afford to fight migrant crime’ spends £500,000 on luxury cars
  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article2512400.ece

  Foreigners 'commit fifth of crime in London'
  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/09/23/ncrime123.xml




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 Immigration and Asylum
 News (continued)
    Romanians deny they are exporting criminals
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/09/23/ncrime223.xml

    Home Office shuts the door on Bulgaria and Romania
    http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2175200,00.html

    The truth Migration Watch doesn't want you to know
    http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2175049,00.html

    East European immigrants fuel return of servant class
    http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article2990167.ece

    Don't leave migration to the Eurocrats
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/newscomment.html?in_article_id=481682&i
    n_page_id=1787&in_a_source=



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Race Relations
 New publications
    A lot done, a lot to do: our vision for an integrated Britain
    http://www.cre.gov.uk/downloads/a_lot_done_a_lot_to_do.pdf

    Between pragmatism and principle
    http://www.catalystmagazine.org/Default.aspx.LocID-0hgnew0zc.RefLocID-
    0hg01b001006009.Lang-EN.htm

    How not to sell out
    http://www.catalystmagazine.org/Default.aspx.LocID-0hgnew0zg.RefLocID-
    0hg01b001006009.Lang-EN.htm




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 Race Relations (continued)
 News
    Mosque visit to tackle terrorism
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/6999569.stm

    Muslim leaders: not enough work being done in extremism fight
    http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/other/display.var.1694966.0.0.php

    Family's arrest in terror case damaged links with police, says Muslim leader
    http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1497182007

    Project offers special help for minorities
    http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1494692007

    Racial divide 'deeper than ever'
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7001371.stm

    Racial inequality "alive and kicking"
    http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=1499612007

    UK has no reason to be smug on race relations
    http://www.sundayherald.com/oped/opinion/display.var.1708448.0.uk_has_no_reason_to_be_s
    mug_on_race_relations.php

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Race Equality
 Press Release
    Public perceptions about ethnic minority women at work are out of touch with the
    times
    http://www.dwp.gov.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases/2007/sep/emp039-210907.asp


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Racism
 News
    Sectarian songs will be silenced
    http://www.thisisnorthscotland.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=149664&command=displayCont
    ent&sourceNode=149490&contentPK=18410372&folderPk=85696&pNodeId=149221

    Asian youths hurt in gang attack
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7009228.stm

    Nude Old Firm fans tackle bigotry
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7009122.stm

    Isolated, intimidated and undermined: the immigrants building a new life in the Fens
    http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article2987792.ece

    Police offer jobs to recruits failing anti-racism test
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=483350&in_page_i
    d=1770

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Other Holyrood
 Parliamentary Question
   Murdo Fraser (S3W-3694): To ask the Scottish Executive what the policy of Project Scotland is
   on funding placements with religious and faith-based organisations.
           Reply from Jim Mather: Project Scotland is a company limited by guarantee and
           registered as a charity whose aims and objectives are to promote the welfare and relieve
           the needs of the population in Scotland by encouraging and assisting young people to
           provide their skills and services voluntarily to charitable organisations.
           Project Scotland does not fund placements but supports the volunteer directly through a
           package of support which includes expenses, subsistence allowance and mentoring.
           Project Scotland’s policy will allow it to support volunteers in placements with faith-based
           charities provided that the placement is open to all, regardless of faith or belief, that the
           volunteer’s own faith or belief is not compromised and that the placement does not
           require the volunteer to participate in any form of religious promotion or religious
           activities. Full information about the work of Project Scotland is available from its chief
           executive at 49 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7HL.
   http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/pqa/wa-07/wa0919.htm
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New Publications
   Civic Participation: Potential differences between ethnic groups
   http://www.cre.gov.uk/downloads/civic_participation_report.pdf

   Office of the Scottish Charity regulator: Review of Safeguards to Protect the Charitable
   Sector (England and Wales) from Terrorist Abuse
   http://www.oscr.org.uk/DocumentViewer.aspx?ID=0b2795c5-daf5-4018-8075-43a88a29ec05

   European Commission proposed priority themes for the Agency for Fundamental
   Rights 2007-2012
   http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en/com/2007/com2007_0515en01.pdf


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Other News
   Spotlight on vital role of ethnic carers
   http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/edinburgh.cfm?id=1506342007

   OSCR Announces Charity Review
   http://www.oscr.org.uk/NewsItem.aspx?ID=842a588a-6c88-4e4e-9155-009b9549f0f7

   Regulator set to review 30 more charities
   http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.1707655.0.0.php

   Charities under scrutiny
   http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/editorial/display.var.1707593.0.0.php

   OSCR to take on terrorist threat
   http://www.scvo.org.uk/scvo/NewsAndEvents/ViewArticles.aspx?f=h&al=t&pid=6284



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Bills in Progress
     ** New or updated this week

  Bills in Progress
  Westminster
     Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill
     http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmbills/130/2007130.pdf

     Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill
     http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmbills/043/2007043.pdf

     Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill
     http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=140183&Rendit
     ion=Web

     ** UK Borders Bill
     http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200607/ldbills/068/2007068.pdf
     proposed amendments
     http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200607/ldbills/100/amend/am100-b.htm

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Consultations (closing date)
     ** New or updated this week

     ** closes this week!
     Priorities for the Ministers for Women Session 2006/2007 (30 September 2007)
     http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm71/7183/7183.pdf

     ** closes this week!
     Gift Aid (30 September 2007)
     http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/media/0/1/giftaid_complete.pdf

     ** closes this week!
     United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study: Ethnicity Strand (30 September 2007)
     http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/ukhls/consult1/ethnicity/docs/UKHLS_ethnicity_strand_consultation.
     pdf




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 Consultations (continued)
   ** Equality Review (2 November 2007)
   http://www.j-scot.org.uk/Misc/07ix_SG_Equality_Review_consultation.doc
   Response form
   http://www.j-scot.org.uk/Misc/07ix_SG_Equality_Review_response_form.doc
           Please note that the Scottish Government Equality Unit has small amounts of funding
           available to enable organisations to hold a briefing session, seminar or discussion group
           to discuss the Equalities Review with their membership, networks and contacts. For
           information contact Sue Mullock Sue.Mullock@scotland.gsi.gov.uk / 0131 244 0696.

   The Governance of Britain, Flag Flying (9 November 2007)
   http://www.culture.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/D4A22BF1-DEA6-46C7-BBE8-
   4C32DBB21FB4/0/TheGovernanceofBritainflagflying.pdf
   and
   http://www.culture.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/B924215A-93CE-4648-9BAD-
   F2CE4AE26F9A/0/Flagflyingrulesanddates20072.pdf
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Job Opportunities

    Click here to find out about job opportunities advertised in MEMO+ Recruitment

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Events/Conferences/Training Courses
    ** New or updated this week

    ** this week!
    Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) Meet the Regulator events
    26 September 2007 in Lerwick
    1 October 2007 in Dumfries
    24 October 2007 in Lairg
    Additional events will be held in Edinburgh, Orkney, Western Isles and Dumfries.
    A series of half day training events intended for charity trustees and administrators of smaller
    charities (those with an income of less than £100,000). The programme will include a general
    introduction to OSCR, the 2005 Act and supporting regulations, Consents and Notifications,
    Accounts workshop (receipts and payments) and Trustee Duties. For information contact OSCR
    01382 220446 / info@oscr.org.uk or see http://www.oscr.org.uk/EventsCalendar.stm




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Events/Conferences/Training Courses                    (continued)

  ** this week!
  Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Migrants & EU Nationals - Rights, recognition, responsibilities
  & action
  26 September 2007 in Glasgow (9.30 – 1.00)
  This briefing will explore the fast changing laws and procedures for organisations dealing with EU
  Nationals (the ‘accession’ countries, refugees, migrants and asylum seekers). For information
  contact Zandra zandra@paih.org

  Carers Rights: Human Rights – A Black Perspective
  3 October 2007 in Edinburgh
  MECOPP conference to discuss the needs and aspirations of Black and Minority Ethnic carers.
  The conference will focus on how human rights concepts can be used to further the debate about
  Black and Minority Ethnic carers in areas such as protecting human dignity, challenging
  discrimination, promoting participation, resource management and scarcity, and challenging
  blanket policies. For information see http://www.mecopp.org.uk/conference2007.php or contact
  MECOPP 0131 467 2994 / info@mecopp.org.uk

  Current Issues in Asylum: Fighting for Human Rights Against the Tide
  8 October 2007 in Glasgow (10.00 – 4.00)
  Legal Services Agency seminar to look at the latest developments in European Community law
  as the Procedures Directive comes into effect; to look at the latest human rights cases to see
  whether the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) retains the potential to bolster the
  rights of asylum-seekers; to examine legal tools to help asylum-seekers and their lawyers
  establish credibility.; to look at the particular plights of women asylum-seekers and and of
  asylum-seekers who have become destitute after the system has failed them; and to get a
  foretaste of the results of important research on the impact of the recent overhaul of the appeals
  system. For information see http://www.lsa.org.uk/currentissuesinasylumiii.aspx

  Seeking Asylum – a Scottish Perspective
  8 October 2007 in Glasgow (9.30 – 4.20)
  Conference to discuss the issue of asylum seekers in Scotland, debate current and future
  policy, present Local Authority experience and produce examples of successful programmes
  which have settled people in Scotland and enabled them to integrate into our communities.
  Participants will also be provided with the opportunity to have their views included in the inquiry
  being conducted by the Independent Commission on Asylum. For information see
  http://conferences.holyrood.com/content/view/152/




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Events/Conferences/Training Courses (continued)
  Show Racism the Red Card fortnight of Action
  16-30 October 2007
  In society, racism is sadly still on the rise. At the end of March 2007, the Scottish Executive
  published a bulletin, which showed that the total number of incidents recorded by the Police in
  Scotland rose by 13 per cent from 4,536 in 2004/05 to 5,124 in 2005/06*. These statistics
  indicate that there are on average 14 recorded racist incidents every day. The Commission for
  Racial Equality estimate the true number to be five times this figure. Irresponsible groups and
  media outlets continue to encourage racism against citizens from minority faiths, travellers,
  immigrants from EU-accession countries, and refugees and asylum-seekers. This year’s
  SRTRC Fortnight of Action provides a timely focal point for all those who are committed to
  challenging racism and discrimination in Scotland. For more information see
  http://www.theredcardscotland.org/action.pdf

  Human Rights, immigration and African people living with and affected by HIV in Scotland
  18 October 2007 in Glasgow (1.00 – 4.00)
  In Scotland, Health is a devolved matter. Immigration is not. Therefore, Human Rights present a
  complex scenario for people living with and affected by HIV. This seminar will highlight issues as
  well as provide a participatory question and answer session. For information contact Tarsisio
  Nyatsanza africanhealthproject@waverleycare.org / 0141 211 0192

  Five Years On: Scottish national showcase on race equality and health
  25 October 2007 in Edinburgh
  National Resource Centre for Ethnic Minority Health conference to Learn about the practical
  work being done to improve healthcare for black and minority ethnic groups. For information
  contact Christopher Homfray 0141 300 1038 / Christopher.Homfray@health.scot.nhs.uk

  Delivering equalities through effective monitoring and evaluation
  7 November 2007 in Glasgow (9.30 – 4.30)
  SCVO seminar to understand the relevance and implications of monitoring, evaluation and
  mainstreaming equalities in organisations. For information contact Denise Gildea 0141 221
  0030 / equalities@scvo.org.uk

  Approaching equalities through a Human Rights lens
  5 December 2007 in Edinburgh (9.30 – 4.30)
  SCVO seminar to explore the implications of a human rights approach to equalities. For
  information contact Denise Gildea 0141 221 0030 / equalities@scvo.org.uk

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Useful Links
   Scottish Parliament http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/home.htm

   Scottish Executive http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Home

   Westminster Parliament http://www.parliament.uk/

   Directgov (links to UK Government Departments)
   http://www.direct.gov.uk/Dl1/Directories/AToZOfCentralGovernment/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=10013
   528&chk=8b2gQw

   European Parliament http://www.europarl.eu.int/parliament/public.do?language=en

   One Scotland Many Cultures
   http://www.onescotland.com/onescotland/osmc_display_home.jsp?pContentID=2&p_applic=CC
   C&pElementID=1&pMenuID=1&p_service=Content.show&

   Commission for Racial Equality http://www.cre.gov.uk/index.html

    Equal Opportunities Commission www.eoc.org.uk

    Commission for Equality and Human Rights http://www.cehr.org.uk/

    ACAS www.acas.org.uk

    SCVO http://www.scvo.org.uk/scvo/Home/Home.aspx

    Volunteer Development Scotland www.vds.org.uk

    Social Economy Scotland http://www.socialeconomyscotland.info/content/index.asp

    Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) http://www.oscr.org.uk/Index.stm

    Central Registered Body for Scotland (CRBS) http://www.crbs.org.uk/

    Disclosure Scotland http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/

    BBC News24 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/default.stm

    BBC Parliament online http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/bbc_parliament/default.stm

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