Published: 18th May 2011

I recently took a belated look at Regeneration to Enable Growth, CLG’s attempt to capture ‘what government is doing in support of community-led regeneration’. That the document contains little more than three pages of text, padded out with tables listing everything departments do that is remotely relevant, warns us that the answer is ‘not a lot’. This comes as no surprise. For one thing, civil servants have long responded to ministerial concerns that the government is perceived not to be doing enough for England’s most deprived areas and communities by throwing the kitchen sink at somewhat flimsy policy statements. Equally, it has been apparent for some time that the kitchen sink was turning into a soap dish. Regeneration funding was being lined up by the previous administration as a soft target for cuts. In de-ringfencing multifarious ‘special’ programmes focused on the poorest areas and grouping them into one area-based grant, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)