The public sector and politicians in particular should welcome a healthy civil society where voluntary social action thrives; and offer positive support and encouragement. Across the country we could and should be hearing the drumbeat of voluntary social action marching in support of communities.
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It is clear that no major political party has an appetite to properly address the problems now being caused by the decaying system of council tax. Ironically, these problems are the result of 20 years of drift and neglect of a system not designed to last indefinitely. The authors of this new report at least hope that it will help promote the need for a long overdue debate.
Last week the Carnegie UK Trust launched our competition the Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing. It is our hope that some of the stories that emerge will inspire architects, planners, communities, regeneration practitioners and those involved in community development to create more public spaces that ‘love people’.
The article in last month's Observer by Gavin Kelly describing the grassroots movement in Seatac, USA, that set a minimum wage of $15 an hour to abolish in-work poverty is an inspiration to everyone involved in the Living Wage campaign in the UK. In an era of corporate dominance it shows the power that lies within communities to take control of their own destinies.
It is the stuff of axiom to say that we need innovation, creativity and new ways of working together against social goals. Without it, we face what the JRF’s Julia Unwin has called a ‘decade of destitution’ for those already at the sharp end of society. But what would that mean?
As government attempts to reduce the benefits bill through welfare reform, housing associations are dealing with the fallout, as Alex Stevenson reports
The Hope SF project aims to rebuild old housing estates and provide social services for residents in a city where property values are skyrocketing.
It’s been an exciting week for Social and Sustainable Capital - we are launching our first fund with £20m of commitments, which will allow us to offer substantial investment to charities and social enterprises.
Woking, Stoke-on-Trent and Haringey are just three of the local authorities taking charge of their own energy supplies
So for all the buzzy plural intellectualism, around some great new ideas, we should never forget the uses of old, maybe 'crude' policy stuff. And for those who genuinely wish to deal with social issues, we might need to spend less time empathising with the plurality of possible positions and straining for mutual way forwards. Instead we should be condemning clear injustice and apportion blame and do something. Right now.