Comparative evaluation of models of housing with care for later life by Karen Croucher, Leslie Hicks, Mark Bevan and Diana Sanderson suggests that schemes developed in partnership by housing associations and statutory sector services are more likely to respond to local needs and shortfalls in services, while independent providers can be more autonomous. Location and design influence how schemes operate and residents' lives.
Attachment to place: Social networks, mobility and prospects of young people by Anne E Green and Richard J White stresses the importance of place to young people. It highlights the need for organisations helping young people into post-compulsory education, training and work to understand their local social context.
Devolution and regional governance: Tackling the economic needs of deprived areas by David North, Stephen Syrett and David Etherington from Middlesex University centre for enterprise and economic development research includes case studies that highlight delivery of effective, integrated and co-ordinated actions linking deprived areas to wider economic development processes. But it is also concerned about the lack of clarity over responsibilities for agencies across different spatial levels.
Providing Gypsy and traveller sites: Contentious spaces by Joanna Richardson offers advice and examples of how Gypsy and traveller sites in England are being developed as an integral part of housing provision. Issues that are critical for site development to be dealt with at a local level include effective management of existing authorised and unauthorised sites and effective consideration of new sites.
All the reports can be downloaded from www.jrf.org.uk.