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

GIVE THEM THE MONEY

J. Jones

Guardian, Aug. 29th 2001, p.19

Proposes that funding for community regeneration should be channelled to local people through tax and benefit breaks rather than being showered on professional regenerators or consultants

IT AND MISS

L. Geoghegan

Third Sector, no. 214, 2001, p.10

The voluntary sector should be working to ensure that deprived communities can access the development and regeneration opportunities offered by the Internet.

LOCAL COMPACT GUIDELINES: GETTING LOCAL RELATIONS RIGHT TOGETHER

Working Group on Government Relations Secratariat and Local Government Association

London: 2001

Some of the government's undertakings are: to unify and simplify small grants funding programmes for community groups; to consider the transfer of assets to community based organisations; to promote community enterprise; to recognise the independence of the community sector and the imbalance in the relationship between it and government; and to resource partnership working, including joint public and community sector training. Some of the community sector's undertakings are: to accept that funding may bring with it the need for proportionate monitoring and evaluation; to involve users in participation and control of the organisation wherever possible; and to ensure that views are representative of the community the organisation serves.

http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/main/gateway/compact.html

NEEDS NOT NUMBERS: AN EXPLORATION OF MINORITY ETHNIC COMMUNITIES IN SCOTLAND

P. J.F. de Lima

London: Community Development Foundation, 2001

Study explores the experience of minority ethnic households across four rural areas of Scotland. Whilst rural minority ethnic dwellers, in common with their counterparts in urban areas, experience racial discrimination in accessing services generally, and particularly in areas such as employment and language support, their experience is compounded by the fact that the groups are isolated and lack access to community networks and support. The absence of an infrastructure which tackles racism in most rural areas exacerbates the problem. Study argues that new models of service delivery will have to be developed and creative solutions found to effectively tackle the inequalities that these groups face.

PUTTING DOWN NEW ROOTS

P. McCurry

Community Care, no.1388, 2001, p.18-19

Central government is becoming increasingly aware of the strengths of community groups and is starting to see them as a key tool in the effective delivery of is social inclusion strategy. It has issued a draft community groups compact which should improve their access to funding and influence on consultation. In the past they have been overlooked by government and local authorities in favour of larger charities.

URBAN REGENERATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND: NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL: A CONSULTATION DOCUMENT

Department for Social Development

Belfast: 2001

Proposes a strategy to address social and economic problems in urban areas based on:

  • placing regeneration at the centre of the work of all departments and agencies;
  • focusing regeneration activity at the neighbourhood level;
  • adopting a needs-based approach;
  • developing and implementing plans on a partnership basis; and
  • committing to a 7 to 10 year planning and implemention timescale

WORKING FROM THE BOTTOM UP

H. Palmer

Charity Finance, Sept. 2001, p.42-43

Discusses the role of Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) in the regeneration of disadvantaged areas. CDFIs provide loans and equity investment to small businesses refused credit by banks.

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