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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2001): Community Regeneration - UK

BUILDING COMMUNITIES: CIVIC RENEWAL AND PUBLIC POLICIES

V. Nash

New Economy, vol. 8, 2001, p. 52-54

Article seeks to identify the common features of strong communities and considers how public policy can support and foster these.

DO IT YOURSELF

E. Hawkey

Housing, Feb. 2001, p. 36-37

Summarises the proposals of the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal action plan, including

  • the appointment of neighbourhood managers;
  • the establishment of local strategic partnerships;
  • the role of the neighbourhood renewal fund.

ENTERPRISING COMMUNITIES: A TAX INCENTIVE FOR COMMUNITY INVESTMENT: A CONSULTATION DOCUMENT

Treasury

London: 2001

Launches proposals for a tax credit aimed at encouraging business to invest in the poorest areas. The credit would be worth 25% of the value of an investment over five years. It would be allocated on a competitive basis and awarded to the best bids from community development finance providers such as micro-loan funds, development banks and community development venture funds.

HELPING THE WORST FIRST

P. Wakefield and C. Parker

Roof, Mar./Apr. 2001, p. 26-27

Describes plans to revive Liverpool's most deprived areas through:

  • attraction of inward investment via a dedicated regeneration company;
  • a labour market intermediary providing education, training and employment for residents;
  • transfer of council housing to a new housing company;
  • an education action zone;
  • a sure start programme.

MAKING THE CONNECTION

P. Swift

Housing, Feb. 2001, p. 43

Presents a case study of the setting up of a community intranet for tenants on a deprived estate in Lewisham. It is believed that going electronic can improve education chances and knit together communities isolated by poverty and unemployment.

THE URBAN WHITE PAPER: HALFWAY TO PARADISE?

M. Parkinson

New Economy, vol. 8, 2001, p. 47-51

Offers a critical appraisal of the recent white paper on urban policy, which proposes an integrated approach address the economic, social and physical aspects of urban renewal. Focuses particularly on the white paper's, proposals for local strategic partnerships (LSPs).