J.S.F. Wright and others
Policy Studies, vol.27, 2006, p.347-361
The National Evaluation Team for Britain’s New Deal for Communities (NDC) reports serious difficulties in involving local communities in the programme. Partnerships rely on a relatively small number of community participants. Many who do participate soon suffer burnout, and where small groups do sustain their involvement, they inhibit other potential “joiners” from accessing the programme. This article assesses the NDC’s potential as a site for bottom-up community participation by reviewing government policy guidance, programme notes and strategy documents. It concludes that if the NDC is a community-led programme at all, it is community-led in the sense that government decides how the community will be involved, why they will be involved, what they will do, and how they will do it.
Cabinet Office [and] HM Treasury
Government wishes to work to strengthen the relationship between the state and the voluntary sector in five key areas: Government wants:
Race Equality Teaching, vol.25, Autumn 2006, p.20-24
Rochdale council is one of seven in England that has achieved Beacon Status for community cohesion. This article sets out examples of good practice in the borough, including funding for English as an additional language programmes, promotion of parental involvement in their children’s education and of school-community links generally, the creation of a Multi-Agency Racial Harassment Forum, and investment in consultation of children and young people.
Race Equality Teaching, vol.25, Autumn 2006, p.33-35
This article looks at the contribution made by Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) services to community cohesion, focusing on Stoke-on-Trent as a case study. Stoke-on-Trent CAB has sought to promote community cohesion by recruiting a diverse workforce, engaging in outreach work with the most marginalised groups, and working in partnership with statutory services.
Department for Communities and Local Government
London: TSO, 2006 (Cm 6939)
The aim of this White Paper is to give local people and local communities more influence and power to improve their lives. It is about creating strong, prosperous communities and delivering better public services through a rebalancing of the relationship between central government, local government and local people.
The substantive chapters cover: