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CLG Regeneration toolkit - updated


Interesting that the Government state they have been busy putting spending decisions into local hands; Birmingham Council state in their 2012 Budget public consultation document that they only control 35% of the budget, the other 65% is allocated to nationally controlled expenditure (making you wonder what…


Added by Kate Gordon on January 13, 2012 at 23:32 — No Comments

Our Wish List For 2012

Although the things we wish for the coming year we are unlikely to get in just 12 months, let's remind ourselves at the beginning of a new year what are the results we are actually aiming for...

  • reduce poverty and excessive…

Added by Positive Money on January 11, 2012 at 15:54 — No Comments

Consumer Credit Act 1974, Credit Agencies, Personal Information and the ‘Regulators’

Consumer Credit Act 1974, Credit Agencies, Personal Information and the ‘Regulators’

I am writing this to express my utter frustration, anger and resentment against the way that consumers either individuals or small companies are treated in this country. Unfortunately ‘data controllers’ quite often get it wrong when it comes to your personal and/or financial information.  First of all they charge you £10 to have this disclosed since the Data Protection Act 1990 allows them to…


Added by Cally Harris on January 10, 2012 at 16:44 — No Comments

Occupy Lancaster Illegal evictions

Click links below for media reports.

Note... the building was not barricaded as people had been entering and leaving up to 2mins before cordon was put round building (3 hours after police first arrived), and section 6 legal notice of squatting had been clearly affixed to door and no evidence was produced by police to indicate that criminal damge had occurred during entry.…


Added by Jez Hall on January 9, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Worth a listen?

David Cameron's Big Idea, Radio4, 1.30pm Sunday 8th January - part one (of three).




Found this while doing the annual email tidy out…


Added by Kate Gordon on January 7, 2012 at 16:31 — 1 Comment

Some Thoughts On The Stephen Lawrence Convictions

Yesterday's announcement of the conviction of racist thugs Gary Dobson and David Norris for the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 led to a busy afternoon of messages from activist friends and some mixed feelings, including a certain amount of ambivalence that I know others shared.

The phone calls came because Newham Monitoring Projectplayed a…


Added by Kevin Blowe on January 4, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

What We Want

Positive Money believes that we are in a crisis because so few of us, including policy makers, economists, journalists and ordinary people, truly understand how our monetary system works. This is a dangerous situation to be in when money drives almost all activity on the planet.

Unless we make significant changes to the way our banking and monetary system works, we will see further financial crises, rising debt and poverty, worsening inequality and faster environmental…


Added by Positive Money on January 3, 2012 at 18:43 — 3 Comments

The Changing Britain Vision.

Like many here (and elsewhere) I also believe that things have gone too far. For too long I have posted comments describing my frustration to various guestbooks etc., without ever really making a difference.

However, past experience has taught me that commitment, drive and energy are required in order to make real and lasting change.

I am determined to work with others to turn this country around. Why? Because there are so many things wrong with the UK, on so many levels that…


Added by Peter on December 29, 2011 at 11:48 — 2 Comments

CLG - Community Budgets, announced


"The pilots will create a joint team with local partners, aided by Government officials and the Local Government Association to establish their devolved budget proposals with decision making structures for a locally run operation during…


Added by Kate Gordon on December 22, 2011 at 1:28 — 1 Comment

When the big society says No.

You don't have to squint too hard to join the dots between economic austerity measures and the policies of the big society. As austerity begins to bite, the government's fantasy armies of unpaid volunteers will emerge from the gloom to fill the inevitable gaps. Stop laughing at the back.

It's easy to mock. In fact it's essential. But it's not enough. I've long had the impression that many in the community & voluntary sector see themselves as passive participants or recipients of…


Added by Ally Fogg on December 19, 2011 at 15:15 — 3 Comments

‘Why have a meeting when you can have a party?’

Last Saturday, December 10th, Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) hosted a party at The Darby and Joan Club to celebrate Thornton Heath. We heard inspiring ideas and felt the passion of local people who, despite the challenges, are making a meaningful difference to strengthen their community.


Social Reporter, David Wilcox, joined our…


Added by Sarah Taylor on December 16, 2011 at 14:10 — 1 Comment


Have a look at this very important website the Encyclopaedia of Informal Education . It is the repository for both the history and theory of Youth and Community work. There are fabulous stories of folk past that have contributed much to the fabric of our civilisation. There is much to be learnt or re-learnt from them! Also the theoretical side of the work is important in order to challenge in a thoughtful way the overriding hegemony of our times.



Added by Bren Cook on December 8, 2011 at 10:22 — No Comments

British white working class

JRF reports published today:

Added by Kate Gordon on November 28, 2011 at 23:02 — 1 Comment


Hi folks,

Sorry I've been AWOL but I've been up to my ears in a number of things, not least of which was becoming a Nonna!

I visited the Outer Hebrides on a Community Development trip focused on coastal erosion and…


Added by Lesley Rodgers on November 27, 2011 at 0:30 — No Comments

"Power shift from Whitehall to communities gets underway"


Am I the only one to feel somewhat underwhelmed? 





Added by Kate Gordon on November 16, 2011 at 23:19 — 5 Comments

Reflections on leaving local government and why it's broken

Reflections on leaving local government and why it's broken.



I've just finished working in a two tier, or more accurately a three tier local authority (if you count the parish councils) after twenty seven years. The last six of them gave me a chance to see the strategic leadership up close and an opportunity to look into the engine room of local government. I'm now reflecting on what I saw and why I think it's…


Added by Bren Cook on November 9, 2011 at 17:52 — 10 Comments

The real Patch Adams and hope for health

Here's a link to the Gesundheit Institute's website. 


Patch Adams & The Gesundheit Institute


The ideas and story behind the life of the real Patch Adams and his day to day of making things happen. He lives community and this website give you access to the inspiration. Enjoy!

Added by Bren Cook on November 7, 2011 at 15:42 — 1 Comment

NATCEN report - "The August Riots in England: Understanding the involvement of young people",%201mb).pdf


On a quick skim read, it seems that young people aren't actually an alien race or breed apart.   Tell me which working adult hasn't taken stationery from work or toiletries from hotel bathrooms because it's there; as…


Added by Kate Gordon on November 4, 2011 at 10:59 — 2 Comments

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