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Welfare Reform on the Web (December 2004): Community Regeneration and Development - UK

COMMUNITY COHESION: AN ACTION GUIDE

Local Government Association

London: 2004

In cohesive communities people from different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds live and work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding. Community cohesion must be delivered locally through the creation of strong community networks based on principles of trust and respect for diversity. Guidance includes descriptions of the application of community cohesion in key policy areas, pointers for successful implementation, and case studies.

EVALUATING THE EMPOWERING POTENTIAL OF COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH SCHEMES: THE CASE OF COMMUNITY HEALTH POLICIES IN THE UK SINCE 1997

P. Bridgen

Community Development Journal, vol.39, 2004, p.289-302

Evaluating the empowering potential of community-based health promotion schemes is problematic, not least because the term community empowerment is ambiguous. Paper discusses problems involved in evaluating community empowerment, using Health Action Zones and New Deal for Communities projects as case studies.

GAMBLING EXPANSION RISKS SOCIAL PROBLEMS, SAYS CBI

J. Moules

Financial Times, Nov. 5th 2004, p. 2

Laws to expand the gaming industry threaten to create social problems, the CBI employers' group has warned. Many CBI members feared an expanded gambling industry would cross the "fine line" between creating wealth and damaging the social fabric.

GOVERNING THE UNHEALTHY COMMUNITY: SOME REFLECTIONS ON UK HEALTH ACTION ZONES

P. Crawshaw, R. Bunton and S. Conway

Social Theory and Health, vol.2, 2004, p.341-360

New Labour has promoted the use of area-based initiatives to improve localities experiencing high levels of social deprivation. All these initiatives select the community as an appropriate target for intervention. Authors argue that this policy aims to shift responsibility for regeneration, health improvement, etc from the state to the community itself. Article explores this hypothesis through a case study of a particular Health Action Zone in North East England.

PRESCOTT HUMBLED AS NORTH-EAST ASSEMBLY IS REJECTED

R. Blitz and C. Tighe

Financial Times, Nov. 5th 2004, p.1

Voters in the north-east have rejected an assembly for their region. The all-postal referendum attracted 47.7 per cent of the region's voters, but scepticism about an extra tier of government and doubts about the difference it would make to the region's poor performing economy helped secure victory for No campaigners by 77.9% to 22.1%.

(See also The Guardian, Nov. 5th 2004, p.7)

NORTH EAST EXPECTED TO EMPTY AS SOUTH FILLS UP

R. Blitz

Financial Times, Nov. 26th 2004, p.2

The population of the North East is expected to shrink over the next 25 years while the South and East of the country become increasingly crowded, according to the Office of National Statistics. Shaun Spiers, chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said the figures showed the need to regenerate cities.

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