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

CONSULTATION, FOR A CHANGE? ENGAGING USERS AND COMMUNITIES IN THE POLICY PROCESS

P. Cook

Social Policy & Administration, vol. 36, 2002, p. 516-531

The process of consultation has become integral to the development and implementation of UK health and social policies. Yet consultation is a deeply problematic process. This paper challenges several views such as an "old" model of consultation being replaced by a "new"one and the notion of "hard-to-reach" groups. Author stresses map consultation is a process not an event.

FOUNDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE: A GUIDE FOR BOARDS AND STAFF ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

D. Ounsted and others

London: Sustainable Homes, 2002

Part one of the guide explains how housing association boards and senior staff can adopt strategic approaches to sustainable development. Part two presents a practical guide to building sustainable communities, using illustrative case studies.

MOBILE GOAL POSTS: TRAUMAS OF DEVELOPING A COMMUNITY REGENERATION PROGRAMME

B. Widdowson and C. Forrester

Axis, Sept. - Oct. 2002, p. 14-15

On the basis of experience in the small market town of Kingston, authors discuss the problems facing community regeneration initiatives. These include:

  • spurious performance indicators that measure activity rather than outcomes;
  • overemphasis on "quick wins";
  • reluctance of local authority and private sector partners to accept that initiatives must be community led;
  • difficulty in funding core administrative activities.

OUTSIDER AND INSIDER EXPERTISE: THE RESPONSE OF RESIDENTS OF DEPRIVED NEIGHBOURHOODS TO AN ACADEMIC DEFINITION OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION

L. Richardson and J. LeGrand

Social Policy & Administration, vol. 36, 2002, p. 496-515

Paper aims to compare academic interpretations of the term social exclusion with the understanding of people with direct experience. A pre-selected group of residents from deprived neighbourhoods were asked about the concept and in general their understanding of the term corresponded with the academic definitions; however there were key differences in one or two significant area.

REGENERATION SCHEMES 'FAIL TO DRIVE GROWTH'

J. Guthrie

Financial Times, Oct. 28th, 2002, p. 4

Attempts by the government to transform UK cities into drivers of economic growth have not been effective, according to a report by economic consultants Robert Ingguis. The report claims while high-profile regeneration schemes have "cleansed" previously run down city centres outside the southeast, they have done little to improve wealth creation.

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