Archives for July 24th, 2009

COUNCILS TO STEP UP INTERVENTION WITH PROBLEM FAMILIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 July, 2009

Councils are being urged to expand their family intervention projects and crack down on out-of-control families. In the first year of the Youth Crime Action Plan more than 2000 families received support. Engaging with parents to help them prevent their children getting involved in anti-social behaviour, crime and violence is seen as an effective way to turn behaviour around.

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RETAIL MARKETS IN DECLINE

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 July, 2009

There will be fewer retail markets in the future because they are not able to compete with supermarkets, cheap retail outlets and the Internet. This is the conclusion of the Communities and Local Government Parliamentary Select Committee.

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COMMUNITY ASSETS: WHAT IS THE FUTURE

Features, PublicNet: 24 July, 2009

By Mike Aiken, Ben Cairns and Stephen Thake.

Community assets go back some 400 years and they sound like a good idea. But there is a downside to the community owning and managing assets. The authors look at the challenges that community ownership of assets bring to the organizations charged with the job of managing them. They suggest a way forward to securing the benefits of community assets for the community. There has been a high degree of policy interest in community ownership and management of assets such as buildings and land in recent years, and a significant amount of community activity has taken place to justify this interest. It has been less clear how much was known about the issue, particularly from independent evaluations and research. This study reviewed the evidence base to identify gaps in existing knowledge. It was undertaken by analysing a wide range of documents from policy, research and community organisation sources and through discussions with practitioners in the field.

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