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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2002): Community Regeneration and Development - UK

ACCESS TO CREDIT ON A LOW INCOME: A STUDY INTO HOW PEOPLE ON LOW INCOMES IN LIVERPOOL ACCESS AND USE CONSUMER CREDIT

P. A. Jones

Manchester: Cooperative Bank, [2001]

Study explores how people in Liverpool on low incomes access and use credit facilities. Mainstream credit is very often not an option, and people rely on an alternative lending market encompassing everything from mail order catalogues and home credit to pawn shops and unlicensed money lenders. Report sees an important role for credit unions in tackling financial exclusion if they are able to reform themselves to become more professional, market oriented financial institutions able to reach greater numbers of low income consumers.

COMMUNITY-LED ESTATE REGENERATION HANDBOOK. Rev ed.

Churches National Housing Coalition And The Housing Corporation

Totness: 2001

Offers practical guidance for residents, professionals and all those involved in estate regeneration. Covers issues such as rural regeneration, legal matters, design, funding, partnerships, crime, drugs, employment and the New Deal for Communities. Features five success stories of estate regeneration.

FAITH COMMUNITIES, REGENERATION AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION: DEVELOPING A RESEARCH AGENDA

R. Farnell

Community Development Journal, vol. 36, 2001, p. 263-272

There is a growing recognition that faith communities have been ignored in regeneration practice in the UK. Paper explores a number of issues as a contribution to a research agenda on faith communities, regeneration and social exclusion. Discusses:

  • what government policy for regeneration says about faith communities;
  • what is meant by faith communities;
  • what evidence exists for the participation of faith communities in regeneration.

INVESTING IN HEALTH: A HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF A NEW MODEL CREDIT UNION

Social Enterprise London

London: 2001

Reports on the work of the Tower Hamlets Community Credit Union which enables members to save and borrow money at cheap interest rates. Findings based on qualitative research show that the union has the potential to improve mental and physical health, and reduce crime, suicide, alcohol and drug abuse and family conflict by giving relief from financial worries.

LOCAL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS: LESSONS FROM NEW COMMITMENT TO REGENERATION

H. Russell

Bristol: Policy Press, 2001

Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) are the government's favoured vehicle for bringing together key sectors and agencies to deliver better towns, cities and rural areas. New Commitment to Regeneration (NCR) pathfinders sought to improve their regeneration work through partnership working at a strategic level. Evaluation found that the pathfinders' experience had valuable lessons for LSPs about what makes for effective strategic partnership, its implications for partner organisations and the role of government.

MANAGING CHANGE OR COPING WITH CONFLICT? MAPPING THE EXPERIENCE OF A LOCAL REGENERATION PARTNERSHIP

J. Diamond

Local Economy, vol. 16, 2001, p. 272-285

Paper examines the conventional approach Britain has taken to its regeneration strategies which have focused on establishing local partnerships between service providers, potential employers and local community based groups. It explores the assumptions behind such approaches, the issues of conflict and the ways in which local managers rectify these situations.

PARTNERSHIP AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: INSTITUTIONAL MORPHING IN DUNDEE

K. Fernie and J. McCarthy

Local Economy, Vol. 16, 2001, p. 299-311

This paper examines Scotland's recent policy agenda for urban regeneration which has focused on social justice and inclusion. It explores the national 'community planning' agenda in Scotland which aims at improving service delivery by enchancing partnership between all relevant agencies, including local communities. It goes on to explore how the Project in Dundee has evolved, what changes in context it has brought and how expectations and community involvement have changed over time.

REVITALISING DEPRIVED URBAN NEIGHBOURHOODS: AND ASSISTED SELF-HELP APPROACH

C. Williams and J. Windebank

Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001

This book provides a wide range of approaches to urban and regional studies emphasizing the need for original research linking theory and practice. It covers the rationale for a self-help approach and looks at self-help in deprived urban neighbourhoods and the issues surrounding the development of policies to revitalise them.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE PROGRAMME TO HELP REVIVE DEPRIVED AREAS

K. Brown

Financial Times, Dec. 4th 2001, p. 4

Outlines the schemes grouped under the National Strategy for Neighbourhood renewal that together commit the government to spending more than £3bn on deprived areas over the next ten years. Mainstream spending programmes are also being "bent" towards deprived areas in a number of innovative ways.

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