CIVIL SOCIETY

USEFUL REPORTS THAT HAVE INFORMED THE LONDON COMMUNITIES COMMISSION’S WORK

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The following seven reports have been useful in developing our thoughts and recommendations. Although some are now 3 years old they remain relevant.

1. A Vision for Young Londoners, May 2015

‘Young people in London are
25% of the population
but 100% of its future’

Download the report by London Funders, London Youth and Partnership for Young London

2. Tackling the Housing Crisis: Oct 2014

alternatives to declining standards, displacement and dispossession

Download the report by Professor Marjorie Mayo and Ines Newman. Marjorie is spoke at the Summit, and Ines is helping to write up the recommendations.

3. People, Planet, Power: Feb 2015

Download the New Economics Foundation‘s proposals for a new social settlement.The new social settlement has three goals: social justice, environmental sustainability, and a more equal distribution of power. All three are intertwined and must be pursued together. We were delighted that NEF spoke at the Community Summit.

4. Whose Society? Jan2015

Download the Final Big Society Audit, produced by Civil Exchange

5. Local Early Action: How to Make it Happen:  November 2015 

http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/entry/local-early-action-how-to-make-it-happen   In 2014 Southwark and Lambeth Councils set up the Southwark and Lambeth Early Action Commission to reduce demand for acute services and maintain wellbeing for all residents. The final report is written by NEF.

6. Changing London – A Rough Guide for the Next Mayor edited by David Robinson and Will Horwitz

http://www.change-london.org.uk/changing-london-book/ 

This book is a compilation of the radical but practical suggestions of the people of London. The book argues that the capital needs a leader who can inform public opinion and articulate an ethical argument. A mayor who will listen to and speak up for those whose voices are seldom heard and little understood.

7. Community Capital: The Value of Connected Communities: Oct 2015

https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/reports/community-capital-the-value-of-connected-communities/

This report by the RSA argues that social relationships have a value. The activities and research presented in this report demonstrate that through working with communities this value can be grown by connecting people to one another in their local areas. The RSA argue that investing in interventions which build and strengthen networks of social relationships will generate four kinds of social value or ‘dividend’ shared by people in the community:

1. A wellbeing dividend.

2. A citizenship dividend.

3. A capacity dividend.

4. An economic dividend.