Surf, Scotland's independent regeneration network, investigated the impacts of the recession on two communities, and assessed how local responses are helping maintain their resilience. Derek Rankine reports.
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Whether in the business, social, third or public sectors, few organisations are protected from the cold economic winds which have being blowing for the last five years and which are set to continue for years to come. And much the same scenario applies to most communities and neighbourhoods across the country, though, of course, there are places and people who are actually seeing their living standards and wealth increase as others experience the very opposite.
What are the benefits of community economic development and how can it become more mainstream? Localise West Midlands has been finding out.
The regional growth fund was aimed at kick-starting private enterprise and rebalancing the economy. But as applicants struggle with bureaucracy and high costs how many jobs will it realise? Sarah Longlands reports.
It’s time for cities to move away from orthodox approaches to economic development and prioritise combating poverty within their growth strategies.
You can count how many sat on the new chairs that such-and-such a grant purchased but how do you measure something as ephemeral as ‘connectedness’? A new approach to neighbourhood renewal will need a new approach to evaluation and it’ll come down to stories again, listening to people’s experiences and passing that on.
We would like to see frontline workers in all services having around 10% of their time allocated to collaboration with new and existing community groups and with workers in the other services, to tackle joint problems and improve local conditions together.
From a people-centred perspective, the welfare debate is back to front: the goal must be to build capacity, not simply to reduce budgets. Welfare payments are just one part of a matrix of factors that support people’s livelihoods in poor communities.
How much of the regeneration money that has been poured into east London is being shared with its existing population? How can its gentrification benefit all?
Instead of consensus on limited market failure impacting only on the most deprived communities - conveniently legitimising the next raft of 'regeneration' initiatives and lucrative, follow-on evaluations - we need a critique of market failure everywhere.