May 2009 - NewStart

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Does ageism begin at 25?

Wellbeing is increasingly an important goal for policy makers, and for people. As the economist Richard Layard pointed out in his book on happiness, “Most people want more income and strive for it. Yet as Western societies have got richer, their people have become no happier”. A small mountain of evidence – from levels of suicide and depression to (more…)

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A chance to shine

Business Link Yorkshire is launching its annual search to find the region’s most dynamic and innovative social enterprises. Entries for the Social Enterprise Awards, now in their sixth year, open on 15 June. Judges are looking for outstanding examples of businesses that are delivering real social impact and competing effectively in a commercial market. We (more…)

Clare Goff

Where now for community empowerment?

As Hazel Blears, the communities secretary and empowerment champion, battled for her political life this week, her community empowerment bill was quietly dropped by Parliament. In answer to a question in the House of Lords, Baroness Andrews said that no further proposals from the Communities in Control white paper, published in July 2008, would be (more…)

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Foundation finance boosts Crisis SmartMove

It is always good to see where housing charities are delivering on the ground. To witness the impact of a recent award from the Dolphin Square Foundation, Rachel Whittaker, board member of the Foundation, and I recently dropped into the new home of Salma Murkab in Wandsworth who moved into her property thanks to Crisis (more…)

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People, Places and Planet

For those of you who may not be familiar with Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) we are the Scottish Government’s ‘watchdog’ for quality design in the built environment. Yesterday we were in the Scottish Parliament to launch our latest publication, entitled ‘People, Places and Planet’ (as we attempt to reclaim PPP as an acronym!). We (more…)

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