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
Understanding the idea of ‘grant dependency’ in the voluntary and community sector
The sustainability of voluntary organisations and community groups has become an increasingly salient aspect of recent debates in the voluntary sector in the U.K., alongside a growing interest in the pursuit of more entrepreneurial community-based activity. These developments have coincided with the emergence of new ways of framing discussions around finance and funding in the sector. This article begins a process of unravelling and making sense of these new discourses. It takes as its starting point an illustrative discussion of the emergence and use of the idea of ‘grant dependency’ and provides a theoretical account of how and why this new language has developed.