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Celebrating living wage week 2014

I’m delighted to say that this week CDF is joining the Living Wage Foundation and hundreds of other Living Wage employers in celebrating Living Wage Week 2014. From 2 – 8 November employers and employees alike are sharing their experiences of paying and being paid the...

Reflections on ‘Developing Socially Productive Places’

I was privileged to be asked to participate on the closing discussion panel at the RSA and British Land event on 2nd April on ‘socially productive places’. These places are ones where communities have an opportunity to shape the physical environment where they live,...

Sustainable economic development moves communities out of deprivation

Cuts to welfare payments could deal another blow to struggling local economies, with the Government’s reform programme, which aims to move people off benefit and into jobs, taking an estimated £19 billion a year out of working age social security between now and 2015....

How community investment could rebalance the UK’s local economy

The effects of the financial crisis on local communities The shock waves of the financial crisis are still being felt in our local communities. It is estimated that over four million individuals are borrowing from lenders charging interest rates of between 450% and...

Places of the Future, 2009

Reflections on the meaning of ‘place’. How people perceive their locality and how they feel about where they live can deeply affect their lives. To my mind, a sense of ‘place’ and belonging to a community is based on common issues and needs. Above race and...