Social Policy and Society, vol.5, 2006, p.269-279
Community representatives in England have been given a place in local strategic partnerships (LSPs) at city- and district-wide levels. The remit of LSPs is to develop and implement neighbourhood renewal strategy, co-ordinate partnership activity and ensure that mainstream budgets are targeted more effectively. The UK government has not only required LSPs to include community representatives, but it has also invested in the community and voluntary sector infrastructure that is necessary to support this level of engagement through, firstly, the Community Participation Programmes and later the Single Community Programme. This study draws on research carried out to evaluate the Community Participation Programmes in England and to examine the development of Community Empowerment Networks that were established in 2001 to support voluntary and community sector involvement with LSPs.
Public Finance, Apr.21st-27th 2006, p.16-19
Local authorities are competing for the privilege of hosting 17 new casinos, in the hope that they will facilitate regeneration through planning gain. In return for planning permission, international gambling corporations will be required to invest millions of pounds in the creation of new leisure complexes, of which casinos will be one element.