"Regeneration," "mainstreaming," "community involvement," "evidence based policy," "public service reform" all are terms central to the UK Governments policy program for tackling social deprivation. But what do they mean in practice for people living in areas of multiple deprivation? This report describes how Community Links, a community organization in Newham, East London, has worked over the past seven years to give these terms practical meaning through its Social Enterprise Zone project. The report revisits the original proposal for Social Enterprise Zones made in 1996 and reflects on how the idea has adapted to the policy environment under New Labour. It describes the setting up of a pilot Zone, started in 1999, and presents case studies of the ideas generated, how they have been tested and what their impact has been. This report is essential reading for anyone interested in public services reform and how to achieve it including policy makers in central and local government, man
Matthew Smerdon is Director of Community Work at Community Links and was Project Manager of the Social Enterprise Zone from 1999 to 2002. David Robinson founded Community Links and is now Senior Adviser.
The need for change; The tools for change; Realising change; Enduring change: lessons, challenges and next steps.