Let-down generation wants to work

The let–down generation written by Colin Crooks  published by New Start magazine 4th July 2012 Serial social entrepreneur Colin Crooks highlights why social entrepreneurs are the key to turning round our most deprived areas and helping the let-down generation. In my recent BBC Radio 4 Four Thought lecture I spoke about the 6.5 million people […]

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Help others help themselves

by Colin Crooks On Thursday afternoon I start my annual cycling odyssey.  Although I’m not climbing as much as last years madness I will be travelling a very long way!  This year I plan to ride with a marvellous group of around 25 people more than 350 miles from the New Forest across to the Isle of Wight […]

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A people based policy for places without people?

A people based policy for places without people? I sometimes wonder whether the academics and researchers on whom we put so much trust have sufficient practical experience to offer solutions to the problems they analyse.  On so many occasions, the solutions they promote seem disconnected from the issue that they are concerned with. The other […]

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Should CSR lite have read CSR “lost”?

By Colin Crooks Last year I published a blog entitled “Companies are going CSR lite” which many of you have been very complimentary about.  However, it seems that I was wrong.  I had not stated the half of the problem.  For what I had identified then was that firms were paying lip service to community […]

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Bradford West screams out for jobs

By Colin Crooks The warnings have been there for anyone to see.  Last December the Yorkshire Post screamed out “One-third of Bradfordhomes hit by lifetime of no work” it went to explain, “The latest figures for 24 constituencies across the region show that in Bradford West almost one-third of households contain someone who has not […]

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Will new planning guidance shepherd Britain back to work?

Will new planning guidance help Britain get back to work? by Colin Crooks Today the government will announce its simplification of the planning system.  There will rightly be a huge debate about whether or not our most precious landscapes will be put under more development pressure.  There will be another debate about the place of […]

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Work Programme misses the point

Work Programme misses the point: We need to create more jobs says Colin Crooks Deborah Orr writes (Guardian Comment 24th February 2012) powerfully about the current furore over the Work Programme.  She has grasped the immense challenges that people who have been unemployed for a long time face.  She has also adroitly identified one of […]

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Job Creation ; my response to Polly Toynbee’s – People are nicer than PM thinks 22.01.12

Letter to the Guardian by Colin Crooks about Job Creation Polly Toynbee is surely right when she points out the uncomfortable truth that there are many people inhabiting “a twilight zone of semi disability, borderline odd, barely coping” who would be difficult to employ (People are nicer than the PM thinks 20.01.12) but I cannot […]

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