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Case study: Enabling skills training alongside regeneration

Case study: Enabling skills training alongside regeneration

A skills academy has been established to help maximise the employment potential of Thamesmead's 30-year regeneration programme.


Opinion: Working in the areas of the country that need us most

Opinion: Working in the areas of the country that need us most

Two recent reports looking at different aspects of deprivation provide pointers for placemakers, writes Chris Brown.

Need to know: MHCLG to work with councils in place-based approach

Need to know: MHCLG to work with councils in place-based approach

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick outlines proposals for new way of working to drive regeneration and levelling up, which will be set out in white paper later this year.

Opinion: The importance of public purpose

Opinion: The importance of public purpose

A professional body's debate about whether public interest obligations are compatible with members' interests is telling, writes Chris Brown.

Case study: Engaging with the community to design a neighbourhood

Case study: Engaging with the community to design a neighbourhood

The latest phases of a housing development in Nottingham are being shaped through an engagement approach that develops input, understanding and support, writes Josephine Smit.

Opinion: Levelling up needs the right resources and the right priorities

Opinion: Levelling up needs the right resources and the right priorities

There are lessons from past government programmes dedicated to improving homes and lives, writes Tim Williams.

Advice: Promoting the 15-minute neighbourhood

Advice: Promoting the 15-minute neighbourhood

Identifying attractive walking and cycling routes needs to be at the centre of strategies to promote the 15-minute neighbourhood, finds Ben Kochan.

Opinion: The most disadvantaged workers may have the biggest jobs transition ahead

Opinion: The most disadvantaged workers may have the biggest jobs transition ahead

Before levelling up even started some areas went backwards, writes Tim Williams, and post-pandemic recovery may not see their employment return.

Case study: Establishing a council housing company for Oxford

Case study: Establishing a council housing company for Oxford

Oxford City Council's housing company has completed the first homes in its ten-year delivery programme, and is applying lessons from its early experience, Josephine Smit finds.

Opinion: Neighbourhood inequality could increase in the post-pandemic world

Opinion: Neighbourhood inequality could increase in the post-pandemic world

While wealthier locations may prove fairly resilient to changes wrought by the pandemic, deprived neighbourhoods will continue to lack public and private investment, writes Chris Brown.

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