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Estate Regeneration and the Autumn Statement

The Autumn Statement seems to drift later with each passing year, with the 2016 Autumn Statement set to be announced on 23 November. 

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Guardianship with a difference

An innovation has arisen to tackle the need for affordable housing. A scheme  looks to combine housing provision with the needs of the...

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Troubled families: What is meant by 'no major impact'?

The publication of the long-awaited - and damning - Troubled Families evaluation report has created lots of interest in the media today....

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Double your money

Good news!  A date ...Friday 16th December 2016... has finally been confirmed for 'Local Charities Day'. 

The idea was first announced by...

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People powered housing in Leeds

Exciting to read that Leeds is both joining the community share revolution, and, using the approach to address housing need.  Leeds...
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Is there such a thing as too many charities?

There are too many charities and they need to adapt the way they operate to the modern world. This is according to Mike Adamson, chief...

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Local councillors and humanity

Kirklees Council has recently launched a Democracy Commission to ‘take a health check’ on local democracy through research, public...

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How do schools afford the services they need?

Abby Young-Powell's article in the Guardian makes depressing reading for state schools, desperate to support their children and families,...

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Khan to guide future estate regeneration in London

London's new mayor ran on a platform of addressing the capital's housing crisis. He is looking to address one of its most controversial...

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How many famous female scientists can you name?

Albert Eistein, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday, Stephen Hawking. Need I go on. We're all familiar with our scientific...

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Grammar schools: words are not enough, Shami!

Predictably there was a gigantic rush to condemn Theresa May when she announced plans for a new generation of grammar schools in her...

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Speak up and stand out practices for women and girls

I have to admit that within my organisation, there doesn't seem to be a problem of women being interrupted. In fact, I think I have a...

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Is building small the answer?

In the quest for the answer to London's housing crisis one organisation thinks they have a solution for couples and singles. Pocket Housing

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Self build - a DIY solution to housing need?

The idea of self build feels good full stop.  What could be more empowering than building your own home?

A new report suggests that self...

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Mindfulness at work on World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. To mark the day at Renaisi we have invited mindfulness teacher and Buddhist practitioner, Sanghasiha,...

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Buildings of the future?

While perusing the latest edition of the Hackney Citizen, I saw that one of the finalists for the Hackney Council Design Awards -...

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The opposite of innovation

Habits, traditions, customs. The everyday. 

Frequently undervalued in the face of the new, the above also come up when you talk to people...

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The art of loneliness

This week the Loneliness Street Cabaret took place across different public spaces in Lambeth.  It was an initiative by The Beautiful Mess...

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Can I call in stressed?

Mental health and wellbeing at work are increasingly on the agenda within the social sector as we face into the pressure of funding cuts,...

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Refugee Paranoia across the Atlantic

David Miliband's article in the current issue of the New York Review of Books starts with a reference to Albert Einstein who, in 1941,...

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£3 billion to unlock housing

The Conservative Party Conference has brought with it the usual round of announcements and policy promises. This will be both the first...

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New social narratives needed to address mental health crisis

Poor housing, poverty, exam stress, consumer capitalism and gender expectations were all highlighted by Owen Jones yesterday as causes of...
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Connecting with our children's future wellbeing

Owen Jones makes an important point within the ongoing debate over children's mental health, asking us to look collectively beneath our...

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Feminism and Art

The Gurrilla Girls have a new exhibit at the Whitechapel Gallery focusing on the content of European art organisations; both in how they...

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Influencing behaviour through tech in Uganda

Kampala has undertaken an innovative tech-based approach to influence citizen behaviour to pay taxes through a new tax system called...

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We're all biased - so what should we do about it?

Dr. Ossie Stuart has a fabulous blog post on the SCIE website today. He's an academic researcher, diversity consultant and trustee of...

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The construction labour supply conundrum

In my economic development role at Enfield this issue is very real. I had a great meeting yesterday with the Principals of CONEL college...

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