Usually we’re not encouraged to go trawling property websites during working hours, yet last Friday three Citizens Advice volunteers, one Young Foundation intern and I were doing just this and hunting for flats in Hackney. We were each in receipt of a hypothetical Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and aiming to better understand the private rental... Find out more
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Family and Kinship in East London, 1957
That is the estimated amount going into economic development and regeneration in north Tottenham from the Haringey Council, GLA, and Spurs in the coming years. The role of the local community in these regeneration plans is very much in the spotlight, more so now post-riots. Research carried out by the Young Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation... Find out more
We all know intuitively that prevention is better than cure. Yet this does not translate easily into the way public services are prioritised or resourced, nor how we arrive at the best response to take when things go badly wrong. This has always been the case; when public spending is squeezed, questions about how to... Find out more
Payment by Results is already a hot topic – discussed everywhere from broadsheets to breakfast roundtables. Funding is being cut, services are being squeezed, yet still require delivery, possibly more now than ever. With prison costing the taxpayer over £3bn a year, and the Ministry of Justice needing to find savings of £2bn by 2014,... Find out more
Do a Google search on “Tottenham” and you get 56 pages dominated by the football club interspersed with news and images from the recent riots. Hardly surprising that when we talked to Tottenham residents last autumn – in the wake of the riots – something that came up repeatedly was concern about the negative perception... Find out more
In the aftermath of last night’s riots in London and other cities across the UK, people are shocked and angry. The images of burning buildings and streets in ruin are more like scenes from a disaster movie than something you’d expect to see in a prosperous country like the UK in 2011. There are far... Find out more
Community organising suddenly came into vogue last summer with the ringing endorsement of the new government, announcing their backing for a programme of 5,000 community organisers. But what is ‘community organising’? The intellectual heritage of the concept is complex – the US tradition of Saul Alinksy, more confrontational and disruptive, drawing on the power of... Find out more
On a cold winter’s day, late in the afternoon, I am trying to persuade Asad to come along to emotional resilience training, called ‘Face Up’. The training is taking place in the Wealdstone Resource Centre, a community hub hosting a youth centre, medical centre and library. The centre is a few metres from where we... Find out more