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GIVE US A ROLE, SAY SOCIAL TRUSTS

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Tony Blair's campaign to combat social exclusion could get a boost from Britain's 'social entrepreneurs - the growi...
Tony Blair's campaign to combat social exclusion could get a boost from Britain's 'social entrepreneurs - the growing numbers of people who want to use their financial expertise to generate wealth in not-for-profit enterprise', says a feature in The Observer (p27).

The Development Trust Association, the umbrella organisation for more than 150 groups, is taking over part of London's South Bank complex to show how the most disadvantaged communities can, with a little government help, turn around areas abandoned by banks, building societies and chain stores. The movement now controls, at a conservative estimate,£1bn in capital assets.

A stone's throw from the Festival Hall is the Coin Street Complex, a thriving mix of restaurants, galleries, small shops and social housing, all owned by the people who live there. Commercial tenants pay market rents to the Coin Street Trust. The profits are used to provide housing for those earning below the national average wage, manu of them with disabilities.

In Rhondda, South Wales, the non-profit making Arts Factory is one of the largest employers in the region and more than 70 trainees are involved in pottery, woodcraft and an art gallery. In west Wales, the Ystalyfera Trust has refurbished a mix of commercial and residential properties.
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