Broad-based regeneration schemes are now over, but for how long? Clare Goff discovers some believe the consequences will be too severe not to bring them back
May 2011 - NewStart
This is no lament to re-create the institutional dominance of the church, nor the separating out of cultures nor the arbitrary protectionism of small differences. Rather, it is an attempt to try and understand how, if it were desireable, the local organo-ware of place might work today.
You will have been told that a member’s job is to make decisions while officers carry out the operational detail. That may be an ideal but it is largely a myth. The next time a member of the public rings to say their bin has not been collected try telling them it’s an operational matter.
Government will have to hope people don’t take the ‘coalition approach’ to managing household debt as people will stop spending entirely to pay off the debt quickly!
Major investment in infrastructure is needed to achieve the local economic growth sought by UK government and councils will require a new range of measures to make this happen, says Tom Symons
We’re getting older – the sooner politicians recognise that and set about changing attitudes the better, says Hilary Burrage
Old age has been creeping up on us for a while. But are central and local government responding to the UK’s ageing population? Jessica Smith and Sarah Longlands report
Is it possible for a council to avoid cutting staff, maintain local services and keep funding the voluntary and community sector? Manjeet Gill reckons you can – and achieve a whole lot more. Austin Macauley meets her
The atlas reveals the extent of Britain’s bankruptcy in financial, residential, political, moral, emotional and environmental aspects of life across the country and highlights the way this has impacted more on the poor and vulnerable in society with the rich continuing to fare better.
Malmö is an interesting case study for local social innovation. The city has established a global reputation for innovation on environmental sustainability with the Western Harbour development on the site of an old shipyard; using green building techniques, renewable energy sources, sustainable transport, green spaces and great architecture to create a striking new residential and business neighbourhood.