COUNTING THE COST

Book News: March 16th, 2011

By Claudia Wood, Eugene Grant

The link between disability and poverty is well established. High levels of unemployment and unstable and low paid employment means disabled people are more likely to live below the poverty threshold and be dependent on benefits as a proportion of their income. Increased unemployment and a range of welfare and public service cuts following the economic downturn has only exacerbated the situation, with disability benefit claimants set to lose £9 billion in benefits over the course of the next Parliament.

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COMMUNITY LED REGENERATION

Book News: March 9th, 2011

With the country facing a record Budget deficit and less money available for investment in regeneration, a new approach is needed to ensure that local economies prosper, parts of the country previously over-reliant on public funding see a resurgence in private sector enterprise and employment, and that everyone gets to share in the resulting growth.

This guide describes a different approach to regeneration which is localist, putting residents, local businesses, civil society organisations and civic leaders in the driving seat and providing them with local rewards and incentives to drive growth and improve the social and physical quality of the area.

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COMMUNITY ANCHOR ORGANISATIONS

Book News: March 2nd, 2011

This report analyses the challenge that communities face in the north west region. It was commissioned by North West Together We Can and delivered by the Centre for Local Economic organisations. The CLES identified the key roles for community anchor organisations in their localities and the approaches and linkages which are important in delivering results in the face of some of the challenges facing contemporary society.

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EARLY INTERVENTION: THE NEXT STEPS

Book News: February 25th, 2011

The core message of this independent report to Her Majesty’s Government by Graham Allen MP, is that it is the approach which offers a real opportunity to make lasting improvements in the lives of our children, to forestall many persistent social problems and end their transmission from one generation to the next, and to make long-term savings in public spending.

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MANAGING TAXPAYERS MONEY WISELY: COMMITMENT TO ACTION

Book News: February 23rd, 2011

Achieving the vision of managing taxpayers money wisely requires working through four essential principles. There must be transparency providing clear, consistent, comparable and accessible information and there must be accountability so that decision-makers and budget holders can be held to account. There is also a need for simplicity so that it is easy to understand what is going on. From this it follows that there must be coherence so that government activities are clear and logical.

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LEADERSHIP RULES: HOW TO BECOME THE LEADER YOU WANT TO BE

Book News: February 16th, 2011

By Chris Widener.

This is an inspiring fable that champions leadership for the Everyman. It is a compelling new story showing what you give and get when you lead.

The story follows down-cast protagonist Mike Keller who, recently separated from his wife and demoted at work, must relocate to a rural factory-town in Texas. There, Mike encounters the deep-rooted traditions of Texas high school football, and in the process learns everything business school didn’t teach him about leadership from the most influential man in town-the local high school football coach.

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MY LIFE IN LEADERSHIP

Book News: February 11th, 2011

By Frances Hesselbein.

Frances Hesselbein traces her development as a leader and reveals her remarkable personal story and the principles that have served and guided her well throughout her extraordinary life.

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3D POVERTY

Book News: February 9th, 2011

By Sonia Sodha and William Bradley.

Poverty measurement is almost by definition controversial: there is no single, universally accepted definition of poverty. The way we measure poverty, deprivation and social exclusion has been the focus of innovative work, but in the UK we still overwhelmingly focus on poverty as measured by income. This is a key time to be thinking about poverty measurement: the Field Review on Poverty and Life Chances has published a report which recommends a focus on the early years and broadens the outlook of poverty measurement.

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE – A GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE FOR PRACTITIONERS

Book News: February 2nd, 2011

By Ed Cox and Jenni Viitanen.

This Good Practice Guide summarises the findings and recommendations of new research which explores the critical success factors for community and social enterprises working in deprived communities in the North West of England. The guide seeks to set out material gathered through the research in an accessible way for practitioners, particularly those working in local authorities.

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VALUING THE BENEFITS OF REGENERATION

Book News: January 26th, 2011

This report seeks to place an economic value on the benefits that are produced by regeneration policies in line with the recommendations of HM Treasury. It sets out a conceptual framework that can be used to value the benefits. The report also assesses the existing evidence base in relation to valuing regeneration.

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