David Cameron has cited Swedish and Spanish co-operative schools as models for public service mutuals in this country. But a new report from Co-operativesUK finds the UK has a long way to go if it is to mirror international experiences of public service delivery by co-operatives.
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The most comprehensive audit of green infrastructure ever undertaken by a UK city has revealed some surprising results, as Liverpool Council’s head of planning Nigel Lee explains.
We now know who will lead the Work Programme. Matthew Jackson and Gareth Brown examine the hurdles ahead for those charged with delivering government’s welfare reforms
The UK continues to fare comparatively poorly on a number of indices measuring both material and psycho-social wellbeing. It is the fourth most unequal country in the western world. In Europe, the UK is at the bottom of the pile on almost every preventable social problem – including crime, mental ill health, family breakdown, drug abuse and obesity.
As a councillor it is already difficult to explain to people that you have no direct power over a multitude of organisations, but this will increasingly get worse in the future as I will also have to explain that there is nothing I can do about the local school or health facilities.
We need an alternative which local communities can use to leverage funding to create new infrastructure. This is where TIF – tax increment financing – comes in.
How far will fairness go in tackling social mobility? It’ll pull up short in the absence of targets and tie-ins, argues Clare Goff
Without face to face practical support we could be setting new businesses up for an almighty fall, warns Dawn Whiteley
RGF appears to mark a return to old style industrial policy in which manufacturing firms trade grants for jobs. The coalition’s determined move away from regeneration is reflected in the fact that just four companies engaged in commercial or residential property development and management are named beneficiaries.
The government now prefers to talk of fairness rather than equality. So where does that leave marginalised communities? Jessica Smith and Stuart Speeden report