Why work in neighbourhoods and communities? This briefing, commissioned by LGA and IDeA, looks at why local government devolves, decentralises and empowers, the impact this can have and the strategies councils have adopted to engage with their citizens. Download a full pdf version of the publication.
Can the NHS evolve into a national wellness service – capable of maximising people’s health – rather than just treating us when we get ill? That’s the question at the heart of a visionary document about the future of the NHS by nef and the Young Foundation, which has been published in draft as a… → Read More
This report – backed by a major Ipsos/MORI poll – warns against ‘insider’s stitch up on party funding’ and calls for reversal of a 20 year trend towards ‘centralisation, marketing and dependence on dubious donors’’ which has left parties hollowed out and less trusted by the public; and makes recommendations for rebuilding political parties as… → Read More
The Young Foundation’s project on Positional Goods explored the emergence of new inequalities in modern Britain and the importance of relative position: “Keeping up with the Jones’s”. The project’s aims were to understand modern trends in material consumption, celebrity lifestyles and ‘luxury fever’ as well as the slow decline in happiness levels, rising sustainability concerns,… → Read More
This report which reveals a significant gap between the activities of the London Olympics 2012 development agencies and the expectations of small businesses in Brick Lane and Green Street. The study of 50 small Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani catering, commercial and retail outlets in Brick Lane (Tower Hamlets) and Green Street (Newham) analyses what local… → Read More
Powerpoint presentation detailing lessons of community and citizen engagement from the Transforming Neighbourhoods programme. Download a full pdf version of the presentation.
This report written by Saffron Woodcraft (James) discusses the potential for communities to play a significant role in designing, planning and delivering local public services. Improving the quality of local public services is a high priority for government. It has recognised that poor quality services are concentrated in particular neighbourhoods and much can be done… → Read More
Democracy can flourish in many different ways. It is presently evolving as fresh demands for and practices of participation fall in with and challenge the representative process. Our work has found that arguments between participation and representation prove sterile when we see how they can work together in processes of “everyday democracy”. Our recommendations here… → Read More
We were asked to look at needs in Britain by The Commission on Unclaimed Assets and give a rough assessment of the most pressing unmet needs of 60 million people – urban and rural, marginalised and empowered, rich and poor. Our aim is not to be comprehensive or definitive –but to illuminate key issues and… → Read More
This paper was put together for the 2006 Tällberg Forum exploring the impact of globalisation on the people, communities and economies of three north-east London boroughs: Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney. The boroughs of North East London are places where many of the changes driven by globalisation are visible in a stark form. They include… → Read More