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

FAILING HEALTH

F. al Yafai

Guardian Society, July 23rd 2003, p. 2-3

One of the government's most innovative ideas to promote the wellbeing of people in deprived areas was for scores of healthy living centres. But is the cash - and the concept - coming to an end as the political agenda changes?

FUNDING CUL-DE-SAC

A.U. Sale

Community Care, July 17th-23rd 2003, p.34-35

Cornwall, South Yorkshire, West Wales and Merseyside have benefited from European Union regeneration funding. From 2004, this money is likely to be diverted to helping new member states which are poorer than the most deprived areas of the UK.

FUNDING 'NOT REDUCING POVERTY GAP'

R. Blitz

Financial Times, July 4th 2003, p.4

MPs have attacked the belief that rising wealth across the country will reduce the national prosperity gap. The Committee that scrutinises the Deputy Prime Minister's department says "treating unequal regions equally is not a recipe for reducing disparities". This is a direct challenge to John Prescott's policy of 'levelling up' rather than redistributing.

HEALTHCHECKS AND SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS: A CASE STUDY FROM KENT

C. Butcher, B. McDonald and V. Westhorp

Community Development Journal, vol.38, 2003, p.225-234

Presents a case study of a regeneration project in the market town of New Romney, Kent. Both the sustainable livelihoods approach and the Countryside Agency's current approach known as "Healthchecks" were used in the design and implementation of the project. Authors argue that the sustainable livelihoods approach contributed to the project by:

  • incorporating a poverty focus;
  • underlining the need to bring in other tools;
  • building on the past achievements of the community;
  • including social capital as an asset to be considered.

IN SEARCH OF NEW PARADIGMS: HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS, COMMUNITY INVESTMENT AND THE "THIRD WAY"

R. Warrington

Housing, June 2003, p.41-42

Labour government policy holds that it is pointless investing in refurbishing houses and environmental improvements unless economic and social conditions in deprived areas are improved. Article discusses the role of housing associations in community regeneration. They could help to develop childcare provision on their estates, provide work or training schemes and support social enterprises.

OXFAM GREAT BRITAIN AND SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS IN THE UK

G. Hocking

Community Development Journal, vol.38, 2003, p.235-242

Describes how a sustainable livelihoods approach is being used to shape Oxfam's community development work, anti-poverty programme and advocacy in the UK. Research undertaken using this approach has shown how the British state impacts on the livelihoods of poor men and women. Author argues that in order to transform the powerlessness and insecurity through which poverty manifests itself, national policies need to change to improve the livelihood options open to poor people.

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