The unit came directly from the government’s document New Commitment to Neighbourhood Renewal: A National Strategy Action Plan, launched by the Prime Minister at the beginning of 2001.
The strategy says that within 10 to 20 years no one should be disadvantaged by where they live. The unit is about delivering economic prosperity, safe communities, high quality education, decent housing and better health in the poorest parts of the country.
The unit works across Whitehall but also at regional level through its neighbourhood renewal teams. At local level the emphasis is very much on attacking poor schools and weak local economies, harnessing all sectors, focussing existing services and resources explicitly on deprived areas, and giving local residents and community groups a central role in making better neighbourhoods.
Director-general: Joe Montgomery
Address: 6th Floor, 6/69, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU
Telephone: 0207 944 4400