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 Government regeneration policies are seriously flawed

CymunedolGovernment regeneration policies are seriously flawed and need far more time and resources to succeed, an exclusive New Start survey has revealed.

The survey provides an end of term report on the Labour government’s performance across a range of policies. Overall, Tony Blair’s administration wins a score of just 50% for its achievements.

Not one of the specific policies mentioned in the survey scores more than 47%.

Respondents to the questionnaire, sent to recipients of New Start’s hotnews email bulletin, frequently support Labour policies in principle but are scathing about their implementation.

Regional development agency staff, for example, are described as ‘bureaucrats of the very worst kind’; neighbourhood renewal funding ‘has created a third tier of “forgotten” neighbourhoods’; local strategic partnerships are ‘just a box ticking device [that] has no impact whatsoever on the ground’.

The survey shows a growing concern that the scale of the problems facing deprived communities has been vastly underestimated.

It highlights a gulf between government rhetoric and the realities of life in disadvantaged areas. Commenting on chancellor Gordon Brown’s drive to encourage enterprise, one respondent says: ‘Successful enterprise requires individuals and communities who are optimistic, motivated, confident and skilled. This is a fair distance to travel for a community which has had the stuffing knocked out of it socially and economically, and which did not originally possess an enterprising culture.’

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There is concern, too, that some of the gains since 1997 are now at risk as ministers retreat from thorny problems such as community involvement.

‘There is a definite shift away from community empowerment and control,’ another respondent says. ‘This is a shame after all the earlier investment in building community capacity.’

Respondents are also worried that in many cases, the government is pursuing the wrong solutions. This theme is repeated in answers to questions on the urban renaissance, the sustainable communities plan, private investment and liveability.

‘I don’t see how building luxury apartments in deprived areas helps tackle deprivation,’ is a typical comment.

There is a fear that time-limited approaches are continuing to undermine even the most effective policies. ‘We are still dependent on short-term regeneration funds, with short-term staff who take three years to work out lines of communication,’ one respondent reports. ‘Then they move on, and the process repeats...’

source- http://www.newstartmag.co.uk



 
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