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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2005): Community regeneration & development - UK

Creating healthier communities: a resource pack for local partnerships

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Department of Health

Wetherby: ODPM Publications, 2005

This practical guide seeks to help drive forward local health improvement and tackle health inequalities. It provides a wide range of information on health, what determines good and poor health, and why many people suffer from inequalities in health outcomes. It also provides an overview of the structures, roles and functions of key bodies and of the processes that can be used to improve health, tackle disadvantage and reduce health inequalities. It highlights key government targets for improving health and the programmes that contribute to achieving them.

Government to free land for low-cost housing

P. Hetherington

The Guardian, May 26th 2005, p.11

Almost 70,00 low-cost homes could be built on government land throughout England under a new initiative unveiled yesterday. Instead of selling the land, which is mainly in the hands of the health service and the Ministry of Defence, on the open market, ministers want the government's regeneration agency, English Partnerships, to take it over for redevelopment. Some 700 sites owned by various government departments could be earmarked for housing. This is in addition to 100 former NHS holdings that English Partnerships is in the process of buying. Government sources said these 800 sites could provide up to 70,000 new houses.

(See also The Times, May 26th 2005, p.24)

Mixed communities in England: a US perspective on evidence

A. Beroube

York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2005

Economic segregation has grown in Britain over the past few decades. Rising income inequality, residential "sorting" by economic status and housing policy have helped to create area concentrations of wealth and poverty. Area deprivation reduces local private sector activity, limits local job networks and employment ambitions, exerts downward pressure on school quality, stimulates high levels of crime and exacerbates health inequalities. The government's approach to building new communities embraces social and economic mix as an alternative to the negative effects of concentrated wealth and deprivation. However, efforts to promote economic integration are less prominent in renewal strategies for existing deprived neighbourhoods. Approaches like the HOPE VI programme in the USA, which replaces the nation's most distressed social housing with well-designed, economically integrated communities, may have lessons for UK regeneration strategy.

URL: http://www.jrf.org.uk/bookshop/eBooks/1859353649.pdf

Public health: power, empowerment and professional practice

G. Laverack

Basingstoke: Palgrave 2005

Power is a concept central to public health practice. This book addresses the issue of how public health professionals can help their clients gain power. It offers principles and practical solutions to transforming power relations to improve practice. The book provides:

  • an understanding of the concept of power
  • practical approaches for helping individuals, groups and communities to gain power
  • a means to measure and visually represent empowerment.
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