Disparities between UK cities are likely to widen further. Cities with less dynamic private sectors are suffering in the face of public sector cuts and global uncertainty. Other cities are likely to bounce back from the recession far more quickly.
May 2012 - NewStart
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For many of these men, even those who have managed to slowly get on top of their addiction, the future still seems bleak. They feel worthless and alone. They live in poor quality short-term hostel accommodation which they described as ‘life-sucking’. Some of them do work, all cash in hand, a trend that they felt would only increase as the squeeze on benefits progressed.
My problem with the report as a whole is that it is part of the popular story that says our businesses are drowning in red tape, and it is this red tape above everything else that is preventing them from creating jobs and driving the economy out of recession.
If Labour councils can maintain a dialogue with activist movements and community groups, even in these hard times, they can develop new ways for creating urban renewal.
One of the things that a lot of the areas talked about was 'difference': how Big Local felt different to other programmes that they'd worked on in the past, and the different approaches each area has taken to getting people involved.
The modernisation agenda is putting pressure on law centres to turn their work into a commodity, away from preventative work and social justice values.
Of all the agencies working to combat worklessness and other social ills, housing associations already provide the homes they live in. They are trusted, have a working relationship and are inevitably one of the first ports of call when advice or help is needed. But the relationship between tenant and social landlord is under threat.