Author Archives: jorichardson

Housing: Bricks or Bubbles?

No longer seen as ‘safe as houses’, there has been a recognition following the financial crisis, that the housing market is inextricably linked to the health of the wider economy.  When the bubble bursts for housing, the effects are felt widely.  … Continue reading

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Impact of Planning Circular 1/06 on Gypsy and Traveller Site Provision

Over the past five years I have undertaken research on the impact of planning guidance Circular 1/06 on site provision for Gypsies and Travellers.  This blog summary outlines the key findings and recommendations in a fuller research report, which examined the … Continue reading

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Reality Bites…

Whilst some people will be hanging out the bunting on Friday to celebrate the Royal Wedding, others will be in a less celebratory mood.  For a large number of people examining their April pay-slips, their benefit statements, rent demands, food … Continue reading

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If you’re happy and you know it….

The movement Action for Happiness launched earlier this week with members buying cups of coffee for strangers and giving out ‘free hugs’.  With 4,500 initial members across 60 countries it has big aims to become a mass global movement.  Anthony … Continue reading

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Community Organising: Personalising and Polarizing

Lord Maurice Glasman  came to De Montfort University on 31st March to talk about a wide range of issues encompassing Big Society, faith, research and community organising.  Glasman is known for his critique of the relentless march of the free … Continue reading

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What does Big Society mean?

Does Big Society = a + ß1occ + ß2qual + ß3eth + ß3age + ε?  This is not April 1st arrived early! Consulting Inplace has published a report on which local authority areas are best prepared for the big society.  … Continue reading

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Alistair Campbell talks to the DMU Politics Society

Alistair Campbell came to De Montfort University last week to talk to the Politics Society.  He was keen to promote the latest edition of his Diaries (1997-1999) as well as two novels – both of which have been nominated on separate … Continue reading

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The Impact of the Localism Bill on Future Site Provision – One Big Fat Gypsy Accommodation Problem

 As the fifth and final episode of the Channel 4 series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings aired on Tuesday night, the impact of the programme on the community, and on the perception of the community in popular discourse, cannot be underestimated. … Continue reading

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Conflict is vital to meaningful citizen engagement

Is conflict a threat to democracy or a re-vivification of mass participation that democracy needs?  This was the question posed by Catherine Durose in her blog post last week. If people feel excluded from the decisions being made about their … Continue reading

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