MASTERPLANNING AT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD LEVEL

Abstracts: October 27th, 2008

This paper from Communities and Local Government distils out learning from the New Deal for Communities programme about neighbourhood level masterplanning.

Masterplanning involves bringing together strategies for the physical regeneration of an area. Failure to see the big picture can lead to misunderstandings when the masterplan is translated into tangible programmes. It follows that time and resources must be invested into developing a shared understanding of the definition and purpose of the masterplan document. There is evidence that although partners may be working hard together to achieve regeneration aims in the area and use the term ‘masterplanning’ to describe the process that they are engaged in, many are not aware of the wider strategic framework. This lack of awareness creates difficulties further down the road.

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PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

Abstracts: October 22nd, 2008

This report from Communities and Local Government sets out responses to the consultation document issued earlier in the year and indicates the general approach that will be taken to give more people a say in local spending. The Government’s ambition is for participatory budgeting to be used in all local authority areas by 2012.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Abstracts: October 20th, 2008

Neighbourhood watch programmes have been operating in the UK for more than a quarter of a century and this report assesses their effectiveness. Neighbourhood Watch is based on the principle that encouraging neighbours to look out for and report suspicious behavior to the police will bring about a reduction in crime. This in turn will deter potential offenders from committing a crime if they believe that areas where the programmes operate are too risky and improved police investigation and enforcement will incapacitate offenders.

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HR PROFESSIONALS – REWARD SURVEY

Abstracts: October 15th, 2008

This survey report from Croner Reward and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development reveals that public sector HR workers recorded the lowest rise in the last year with a 3 per cent increase in salary. Private sector workers experienced the highest increase with an average of 4 per cent rise, followed by the voluntary sector with 3.25 per cent. Salaries in all sectors increased by an average 3.25 per cent.

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NEW DEAL FOR COMMUNITIES – COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Abstracts: October 13th, 2008

New Deal for Communities partnerships are the key driver for the New Deal for Communities Programme launched in 1998. This report presents a picture of community engagement based on sample case studies. This dimension of the programme rests partly on the premise that local people are the real experts about the problems in their communities and about why previous attempted solutions may have failed. It also recognises that residents and community groups in neighbourhoods experiencing multiple forms of deprivation are often socially excluded and reveal low levels of social capital.

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NEW DEAL PARTNERSHIPS GET THE MESSAGE THROUGH

Abstracts: October 8th, 2008

New Deal for Communities Partnerships are the key driver for the New Deal for Communities Programme launched in 1998. This report describes how the partnerships have told people about progress in carrying the programme forward in the 39 deprived English localities over the last ten years. It explains how the partnerships have made people aware of the achievements in education, health, crime, worklessness, housing and the physical environment and liveability.

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SMART WORKING

Abstracts: October 6th, 2008

This guide on smart working has been published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Research by the Institute revealed that smart working is still an aspiration rather than a reality in the UK. This is despite 92 per cent of respondents to a survey believing that a smart working approach has a positive impact on performance.

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CUTTING THROUGH THE GREEN TAPE

Abstracts: October 1st, 2008

This paper from the Local Government Association sets out the powers available to local government to tackle climate change. It highlights the key powers, some of which are popular, but also others that are less well known, that can be used for both mitigation and adaptation activity.

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LIFTING THE BURDENS ON ADULT SOCIAL CARE

Abstracts: September 29th, 2008

This Task Force report on removing bureaucratic burdens describes any central government activity which hinders the effective and efficient delivery of services and outcomes at the local level as a burden. This can include; plans, guidance, legislation, approval processes, funding arrangements or performance information as well as inspection activity carried out by independent inspectorates and regulators.

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ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Abstracts: September 24th, 2008

This report from the Housing Corporation and Communities and Local Government presents the views of registered social landlord and local authority tenants on anti-social behaviour.

The top issues experienced by tenants were rubbish or litter lying around, which were the concern of 60 per cent of tenants, teenagers hanging around on the street 54 per cent, and vandalism, graffiti & other deliberate damage to property or vehicles 40 per cent.

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