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Narrowing the Gab Between Deprived and Wealthy Neighbourhoods

Deprived neighbourhoods suffer from a range of interlocking problems - unemployment, high crime, ill health, low educational attainment and poor housing. The success of narrowing the gab of deprivation is critical to the success of urban regeneration, and vice versa. But there are important differences. Some deprived neighbourhoods are not in towns or cities, but in rural areas.  Various problems should be considered in order to boost opportunities in deprived neighbourhoods, ranging from jobs and housing management to access to IT.  This needs action on four fronts:

bulletReviving local economies.
bulletReviving communities.
bulletEnsuring decent services.
bulletProviding leadership and joint working.

Key changes to government policy are needed, including:

bulletEngaging communities more in turning round their neighbourhoods, giving them new leverage over those making decisions that affect them, and making it easier for them to get public funding when they need it.
bulletFocusing core public services like schools and police much more on tackling deprivation. Area-based initiatives can only ever help a few areas. But every area is served by public services. If they can deliver more effectively in deprived areas, outcomes can improve everywhere.
bulletWorking collaboratively and joint working should be the norm, in a way that draws in the community and other key stakeholders.