Daily Telegraph, Sept. 6th 1999, p. 4
The effectiveness of Tony Blair's anti-poverty drive has been called into question by research showing that some of the most deprived areas are missing out on aid initiatives. The Labour government has set up 15 area-based regeneration schemes since 1997, but selection of areas for schemes seems to have little to do with the level of poverty.
A McGregor et al
Policy Press, 1999
Study researched the effectiveness of a range of area regeneration projects where employers made a significant input and explored how this effectiveness might be improved. Concludes that local regeneration partnerships can facilitate more effective employer involvement by reducing the number of organisations involved, simplifying the process of approaching employers for help, building up the capacity of smaller businesses to participate and facilitating staff exchanges between initiatives and employers. Central government can reduce the costs of employers getting involved by simplifying scheme administration. Involvement might also be increased by mechanisms to get public sector employers on board and by promoting good practice in employer involvement.
D Sparks and T Blake
Roof, vol. 24, Sept./Oct. 1999, p. 17
Describes the local Government Associations 'new commitment to regeneration' (NCR) which aims to provide a framework for local authorities, agencies and community groups to co-ordinate their strategic planning, expertise and vision, and to pool and target their mainstream budgetary resources accordingly.
New Economy, vol. 6, 1999, p. 133-136
The Labour government's policies on community and regional regeneration face two major difficulties. Firstly, there is an implicit assumption that solutions to regional and community problems are to be found in the regions and communities themselves. In fact, mainstream policies on interest rates and welfare benefits have more impact on disadvantaged areas than local initiatives. Secondly, there are too many institutions with a regeneration remit. These need to be rationalised to ensure effective policy-making and efficient delivery.