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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2003): Community Regeneration and Development - UK

COMMUNITY SERVICE

E. Harkins

Housing, March 2003, p. 30-31

Discusses recent proposals from the Scottish Executive to broaden the role of housing associations to include responsibilities for bolstering the social structure of their communities. The Executive has also proposed measures to give associations greater freedom to undertake entrepreneurial activities and to require them to contribute to community regeneration through the promotion of social enterprise. Article speculates that this requirement may lead to the development of a new set of performance indicators for associations on social enterprise promotion.

CREDIT UNIONS AND FINANCIAL EXCLUSION: THE ODD COUPLE?

N. Ryder

Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, vol. 24, 2002, p. 423-434

Their association with fighting financial exclusion has had a detrimental effect on the expansion of credit unions in the UK. The government's policy towards their development has reinforced public perceptions of their being a poor persons' bank, thus hindering their enlargement.

PRESCOTT SIGNS UP US EXPERT IN ATTEMPT TO ALTER BUSINESS'S PERCEPTION OF DEPRIVED AREAS

R. Blitz

Financial Times, March 19th 2003, p. 9

Bill Boler, a leading figure in the regeneration of Harlem and the Bronx in New York, has been signed up by the Deputy Prime Minister to show how British businesses can benefit from deprived communities and help to revitalise them.

THE RIGHT TO RIOT

M. Jan-khan

Community Development Journal, vol. 38, 2003, p. 32-42

The authorities in the UK have traditionally interacted with minority ethnic groups through community leaders. Argues that this concept is outmoded and that so-called leaders often do not represent their communities. This is leading to disaffection amongst the younger generation, which is expressed through violent disorder.

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