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

ALL TOGETHER NOW .

G. Guy

Municipal Journal, May 26th - June 1st 2000, p. 20

Article explains how the activities of seven local authorities in West London are being co-ordinated to balance social regeneration with economic growth.

A CONSULTATION TOO FAR?

D. Gilliver

Housing, May 2000, p. 38-39

Reports comment on the 'National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal'. There is concern that the strategy is over-prescriptive, overly dependent on target setting, and omits any reference to wealth redistribution.

HOUSING IN THE NORTH-EAST: DIVERSITY AND CHANGE

J. Watson

Axis, June/July 2000, p. 20-21

Community regeneration in disadvantaged areas requires an emphasis on capacity building, community development, training and employment, rather than on improving the housing stock.

INCLUDE ME OUT? THE NEW POLITICS OF PLACE AND POVERTY

M. Kleinman

Policy Studies, vol. 21, 2000, p. 49-61

The regeneration of London raises key questions about the goals of urban policy and about both the definition of, and the solutions to, social exclusion. The concepts of an 'urban underclass' as an analytic tool for understanding poverty and unemployment, and social cohesion as a solution to it, are shown to be inaccurate and unhelpful. Successful policy will need to attack continuing poverty and inequality, strengthen employability and the transition to work, and prioritise families and children.

NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL : A FRAMEWORK FOR CONSULTATION

SOCIAL EXCLUSION UNIT

London : COI, 2000

Proposals for reviving local economies and communities include : 1) making adult skills a priority by setting up neighbourhood learning centres in deprived areas; 2) improving access to IT by ensuring at least one publicly accessible facility in each area by 2002; 3) improving employment services; 4) improving access to financial services; 5) helping with business start-ups; and 6) helping bring shops back to deprived areas by removing planning impediments and improving crime prevention. Report also proposes the introduction of neighbourhood wardens, tackling anti-social behaviour, and improvement of housing lettings policies. Important services in deprived areas will be set explicit targets, with money pumped in on the basis of performance. Regeneration projects will be run by a network of local partnerships involving councils, business and other local stakeholders.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING BORROWED

W. Hatchett

Public Finance, May 12th-18th, 2000

Presents a stinging critique of the Social Exclusion Units National Strategy for Neighbourhood renewal as being a rehash of old policies full of euphemisms and management consultant jargon.

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