Government to publish report into troubled regeneration programme

A report into the government’s troubled
regeneration initiative New Deal for Communities will be published
next month, according to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister,
writes Sally Gillen.

The evaluation of the
£2bn flagship programme, which was launched four years ago to
improve 39 deprived neighbourhoods across England, has been beset
by problems.

Five of the partnerships,
including those in London, Birmingham and Nottingham, have faced
problems because of disagreements between board members.

A spokesperson for the ODPM
said: “Inevitably with such an imaginative and ambitious
programme some NDCs are experiencing teething troubles and some
local communities are taking time to work things out and get new
systems up and running.”

He added that the
government was “working closely” with the partnerships
that were struggling.

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