There will always be a need for specialist social policy journalists. And if we value them, we must find ways to pay for them. But the role they play in future will be different.
November 2011 - Page 2 of 3 - NewStart
With 450 SEM holders, there is now a critical mass of organisations and supporters that can take control of the brand and make it more relevant to the movement. In suggesting this, the charitable turn taken in the SEM criteria represents an obstacle to the advancement of social democracy in enterprise development.
Zambia’s Constituency Development Fund proves how much more can be achieved when local people are in control. Will the country’s new government take it to the next level? Austin Macauley reports
The best stories are about truisms. In this case, every generation despairs of the younger generation and have done so since the dawn of time.
More than 30 years after he first created the concept, Edgar Cahn believes that in midst of economic crisis the world is finally waking up to the possibilities offered by timebanking. Clare Goff meets him
Tottenham descended into riots in August despite years of community regeneration. But a new book argues that far from proving that investment failed, it shows such areas are too fragile to withdraw support from
What is really needed is a localised approach to developing and embedding apprenticeships into the every day practices of the public, commercial and social sectors.
If Markusen, and the civic economy are right, conversation is the new tool for effective and creative placemaking.
Yet we suspect Neet rates will worsen. As public sector cuts begin to bite, services for Neets will be affected. The third sector is often already strained. The labour market is also weak, and there's evidence that the recovery is being led by London and the southeast, and there are simply fewer new jobs being created in other parts of the country.
The fuel poor tend to underheat their homes. This is a critical issue in meeting the Green Deal’s ‘Golden Rule’... If a fuel-poor home uses significantly less heating fuel than predicted, it will be virtually impossible to meet the Golden Rule and the household will be worse off.