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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2000): Community Regeneration - UK

CHANGING THE MOULD

M. Taylor

Axis, Apr. - May 2000, p. 22-23

Article explains how neighbourhood management fits into the proposed National Strategy for Neighbourhood renewal, bringing joined-up action to run-down neighbourhoods, pulling in mainstream services rather than relying on special initiatives, and maximising community involvement.

COALFIELDS REGENERATION: DEALING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF INDUSTRIAL DECLINE

K. Bennett, H. Beynon and R. Hudson

Policy Press, 2000-06-27

Research examined the range of regeneration strategies in coalfield areas and peoples views on their successes and limitations. Community initiatives have helped to create alternative forms of work and provide services that both the government and the market fail to deliver. While not a substitute for well-paid jobs in the formal economy, they have enhanced people's quality of life. There has been some support for community initiatives from national government and the EU. However requirements for partnership working, competition and constant innovation can be difficult obstacles for community initiatives. Different types of community initiatives have evolved depending upon the characteristics of the place and the people involved in their instigation. Their success, relationship with other community groups and aspirations are conditioned by those involved.

ESTATE-BASED REGENERATION IN ENGLAND: LESSONS FROM HOUSING ACTION TRUSTS

R. Evans and D. Long

Housing Studies, vol. 15, 2000, p. 301-317

Paper presents an interim assessment of Housing Action Trusts (HATs), government agencies charged with the task of comprehensively regenerating run-down housing estates in England. HATs have attached greater priority to employment, training, and community empowerment than earlier estate regeneration programmes. However, they have still devoted the lion'' share of their resources to housing investment and the question remains whether they have gone far enough in tackling the deep-rooted social and economic problems of poor neighbourhoods.

STREETS AHEAD

M. Weaver

Health Service Journal, vol. 110, Apr. 20th 2000, p. 14-15

Examines the role of primary health care services in the governments National Strategy for neighbourhood renewal.

SUPPORTING PEOPLE AND NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL: DOES SPECIAL HELP FOR INDIVIDUALS FIT WITHIN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

M. Cooper

Housing, Care and Support, vol. 3, Mar. 2000, p. 8-12

Article looks at how the Supporting People initiative can play a positive role in combating exclusion and reintegrating vulnerable people into society through community development.

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