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Welfare Reform on the Web (December 2008): Community regeneration and development - UK

Community work. 4th ed.

A. Twelvetrees

Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008

The book provides a comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of community work, from setting up and working with community groups to social action and social planning. The section on specialist community work has been expanded and updated to include disability, children and young people, women and ethnic minorities. The last chapter, again drawing on practice, presents a well worked out case for placing community work at the centre of neighbourhood renewal, and is a 'must' for urban and rural regeneration professionals.

Home guard

T. Marshall & B. Rashleigh

Roof, Nov. /Dec. 2008, p. 20-22

An opinion poll found the most important issue facing Britain today is crime (46%) followed by concerns about the rising cost of living (26%), the NHS (15%), and housing (15%). The government has always promised to be tough on the causes of crime, and now the role of bad housing in driving up the crime rate has been exposed by evidence gathered by ROOF. The Kirkholt estate in Rochdale has long featured on the register of Greater Manchester's crime 'hotspots', but since measures were taken to improve the standard of housing in 2002, crime has dropped. There has been a 10% decrease in serious crime (theft, burglary and robbery from business premises), a 54% reduction in arson and a 52.3% reduction in theft from motor vehicles. This drop has not been the result of a change in social demographics. The regeneration hasn't seen the removal of troublemakers; many of the residents are long-term tenants.

Sustainable communities: affordable housing and socio-economic relations

V. Maliene, J. Howe and N. Malys

Local Economy, vol. 23, 2008, p. 267-276

This article explores the role of the housing market in the development of sustainable communities through semi-structured questionnaire-based interviews with professionals and academics in North West England. It is concluded that sustainable communities require housing that is readily available, of good quality, affordable, comfortable and environment-friendly. It must be recognised that affordability is as important as other housing characteristics such as comfort and size in the development of sustainable communities; house prices cannot be allowed to continually spiral upward.

Unlocking the potential: the role of universities in pursuing regeneration and promoting sustainable communities

C. Robinson and N. Adams

Local Economy, vol. 23, 2008, p. 277-289

Since its election in 1997, the Labour government has placed a strong emphasis on the idea of sustainable communities. At the same time the government has also demonstrated a strong commitment to expanding higher education. This article seeks to assess the role of English universities in bringing about the physical and community regeneration which the government wishes to foster. The research focused on a nationwide survey generating quantitative and qualitative data to assess how universities perceive their role in regeneration, the extent to which they have become involved in such initiatives and possible barriers to such involvement.

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