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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2010): Community regeneration and development - UK

Cameron finally reveals 'big society' vision - and denies it is just a cost-cutting measure


The Guardian, July 20th 2010, p. 4

In a speech at Liverpool Hope University, the prime minister has launched the Government's 'big society' initiative, which is about 'liberating the biggest most dramatic redistribution of power from Whitehall to the man and woman on the street'. Liverpool, Windsor & Maidenhead, the Eden Valley in Cumbria and Sutton in London are to be pilots, setting up projects ranging from transport to improved broadband provision. (See also Daily Telegraph, July 20th 2010, p.4)

Honouring the elders: a transition model of inclusion for older people

R. Barnett and M. Mordey

Working with Older People, vol. 14, June 2010, p. 12-16

Transition towns aim to combat climate change by promoting more localised activity that is not reliant on an abundant energy supply, i.e. fewer imported goods and services and an increase in the overall self-sufficiency of local communities. This paper examines the role of older people within the movement and suggests that the skills and knowledge that many of them possess are vital to the changes that must be made as we seek a more sustainable lifestyle. It presents a variety of current projects where older people have been integral to teaching skills to younger generations.

Housing-led regeneration and the local impacts of the Credit Crunch

K. Gibb and A. O'Sullivan

Local Economy, vol.25, 2010, p. 94-107

The current recession has major implications for residential-led regeneration activity across the UK. Current funding models are breaking down, and the goals of regeneration activity will be much harder to achieve. The government getting to grips with the big picture is a necessary condition for making future progress with regeneration. In the short term, registered social landlords have a more prominent role to play in keeping regeneration activity going and ensuring that capacity in the construction sector is not lost. Innovative thinking on funding models for property development in regeneration areas is required.

Your country needs you: the citizenship service for teenagers

R. Prince

Daily Telegraph, July 22nd 2010, p. 10

Reports that every 16-year-old in Britain is to be invited to take part in a two month residential summer school under plans for a voluntary programme of national service. Teenagers will be put into mixed groups to ensure that they get to know youngsters from different social classes and from other parts of the country. The programmes will be run by charities and social enterprises with input from businesses. Funding will come from a cancelled community cohesion programme run by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

(See also Daily Telegraph, July 23rd 2010, p. 4)

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