This report reviews evidence on the impact of migration into Scotland since 2004, when the accession of the A8 countries - Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia - to the European Union resulted in increased migration into the UK. The review includes available evidence in relation to other groups, including asylum seekers and refugees. The review uses evidence from a range of published and unpublished sources, including datasets, surveys and qualitative studies, across the two main areas of economic and employment impacts and social impacts.
In March 2008, a new 10 year national drugs strategy document was published: Drugs: protecting families and communities. This new drug strategy presents an agenda which strongly reinforces the main points of the last strategy with its emphasis on crime reduction and community safety. Like its predecessor, it says less about individual health and social outcomes. In the same month the United Kingdom Drug Policy Commission, (UKDPC), an independent think tank, published a major report on the drugs strategy and its key focus criminal justice.
The National Evaluation of Sure Start (NESS) represents an evaluation of Sure Start. The evaluation will study the effectiveness of all Sure Start Programmes in England (524 programmes) and will last for 6 years.
The government published the new drug strategy in February 2008. Since then there has been a great deal of progress, with drug use now down to its lowest level in more than a decade. However, there is still more to be done and the government is determined that the action it takes should meet the priorities and needs of local communities.
Report presenting the findings from the first phase of a research project set up to investigate how local government can build up more trusting relationships with its citizens. Based on the findings, it identifies a new typology of the trust relationships which the public wants to cultivate with government.
Report summarising the results of a literature review carried out to gather evidence to enable a better understanding of the risk factors which contribute to health inequalities at community level and inform strategies to tackle this problem.
The Carers Strategy sets out the Government’s short-term agenda and long-term vision for the future care and support of carers. At the heart of 21st-century families and communities.
In a changing society most people are living longer, many are developing long-term clinical conditions and the vast majority have rising aspirations in terms of maintaining maximum independence and control over their own lives. Consequently, an increasing number of people may find themselves taking on a caring role at some point in their lives.
This report briefly reviews the evidence for the current state of community interaction within England, together with theoretical approaches such as ‘contact theory’ which can inform activities that bring individuals and groups together. The report then draws on the expertise of 28 practitioners from across the country who highlight activities which can be used to stimulate greater interaction and the obstacles and barriers that exist.
Report which uses six case studies to illustrate the everyday experiences of children in public places in England. It argues we need to change the way we think about the built environment so that different generations are not segregated. It also makes a series of recommendations for ensuring public spaces are welcoming for all.
Action on Poverty Today is the quarterly journal of the Combat Poverty Agency. Each issue carries articles by specialist contributors on a wide range of policy areas. It also acts as a diary of events in the field of social inclusion and monitors new publications and changing legislation.