In this issue
- Editorial Statement
by David Robinson and Peter Wells
- What Future for Social Housing in England?
by Ian Cole
- Continuing dilemmas for area based urban regeneration: evidence from the New Deal for Communities Programme in England
by Paul Lawless
- New Labour and Evidence Based Policy Making: 1997-2007
by Peter Wells
- Understanding the idea of ‘grant dependency’ in the voluntary and community sector
by Rob Macmillan
- The Margins of Public Space – Muslims and Social Housing in England
by David Cheesman
Continuing dilemmas for area based urban regeneration: evidence from the New Deal for Communities Programme in England
There is a long tradition in the UK of using area based initiatives (ABIs) to attack problems of urban deprivation. In 1998 the government launched an especially ambitious ABI: New Deal for Communities. In 39 areas local Partnerships are driving forward ten year programmes to narrow the gaps between these neighbourhoods and the rest of the country in relation to crime, education, jobs and so on. Change data indicates that there has been continuing progress in NDC areas. But change has been more evident in relation to place based indicators, such as fear of crime, rather then people based outcomes such as fewer jobs, better health and so on. The Programme confirms that regenerating deprived areas is a complex process not least because of continuing demographic ’churn’ in these neighbourhoods.